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Silver: Budget first, casino amendment later
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.