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Coming soon to Albany: A session with a slogan
"Gambling, grass and natural gas" could be a catchy slogan for the upcoming legislative session. And it could describe some of the ways Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo offsets economic losses of superstorm Sandy.
Lawmakers are expected to weigh a constitutional amendment to allow non-Indian-run casinos in 2013. But before then, lobbyists are pushing ways to expand current gambling at horse racing tracks, including expanding hours and allowing electronic black jack.
Cuomo’s administration has been studying the expansion of natural-gas drilling in the Southern Tier. It has delayed a decision more than once but could make a call next year.
And some special interests are pushing for legalizing medical marijuana. Once an opponent, Cuomo is now reconsidering it.
The governor has said he thinks Sandy could add $1 billion to the state’s deficit