Silver: Budget first, casino amendment later

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Don’t look for the Legislature to tackle Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s gambling expansion proposal until after the state budget is finished, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said Wednesday.

“Post budget, I would think” Silver said, when asked when the Legislature might consider Cuomo’s idea to vote on a constitutional amendment to permit non-Indian-owned casinos in the state. “There’s no urgency on that. There is an urgency on the budget.”

  Cuomo has not express site preferences for locating non-Indian run casinos; any constitutional amendment would have to be approved twice by the Legislature then once in a public referendum –which could not occur any sooner than 2013. Meanwhile, he's called for building the "world's largest convention center" at Aqueduct racetrack - which already has video slot machines.


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