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Casino opponents channeled New York Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia by smashing a slot machine on the state Capitol lawn Tuesday to rally opposition to a referendum on gambling expansion.
In the 1930s, LaGuardia went public with a mission to rid the city of mob-controlled slot machines. With great flair, he rounded up thousands of machines — and photographers to shoot the action — smashed them and...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo skipped a chance Thursday to say Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy would definitely be on the 2014 ticket.
Rochester media outlets have reported that there are “persistent rumors” that Duffy, former mayor of the city, is under consideration to lead the Rochester Business Alliance. At an appearance in Rochester earlier this week, the Democrat and Chronicle reported:
Duffy...Read more »
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said Wednesday that a federal government default could cost New York as much as $2 billion.
With the federal government shutdown in its ninth day Wednesday, President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans still aren’t close to resolving the gridlock and taking action on the nation’s debt limit. Obama and others have said that defaulting on the federal debt will cause...Read more »
Ballot propositions — how they are worded and prepared — are under the legal microscope this week.
On Tuesday, New York’s top court effectively killed a referendum that would have asked Suffolk County voters to consider merging the offices of comptroller and treasurer, upholding lower court rulings that county officials improperly changed the language of the proposition after it was published...Read more »
A commission created by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to investigate corruption regularly reports to him, but maintains it is still independent of the governor.
The disclosure about the Moreland Commission to Investigate Public Corruption follows reports about Cuomo administration influence and complaints by government watchdog groups.
A spokeswoman for the commission said the panel was intended...Read more »
As part of its pro-gambling push, the Cuomo administration said Wednesday that casinos and video slots could generate $430 million in annual revenue for the state.
Meanwhile, a casino opponent has filed a lawsuit to try to stop next month’s referendum on whether to amend the state constitution to allow up to seven non-Indian-run casinos in New York. Eric Snyder, a Brooklyn attorney, said the...Read more »
Do New York voters support casinos? Depends greatly on how you ask.
In a poll released Monday, Siena College says when it asked voters whether they favored a constitutional amendment to allow up to seven non-Indian-run casinos in New York, they were evenly divided, 46 percent to 46 percent.
But, when callers read the actual, rosy wording of the ballot question voters will see in...Read more »
File under “carefully worded.”
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday defended his Moreland Commission’s request that state legislators turn over info about their outside incomes. But he didn’t directly address separation-of-powers argument lawmakers made in rejecting the request.
To recap: Cuomo created a “Commission to Investigate Public Corruption” after a spate of indictments and convictions...Read more »
Quick: Name the state now raking in the most money from gambling taxes.
Not New Jersey.
Pennsylvania. That’s right. According to a new study by Moody’s Investors Service, the Keystone State – which got into gaming just six years ago – is now the second-biggest casino market, trailing only Nevada.
Further, because of a higher tax rate, Pennsylvania is now...Read more »
The New York State Conservative Party is asking voters to reject a referendum to allow up to seven non-Indian-run casinos in the state.
While the party has long opposed casino expansion, Conservatives said in a news release that the wording of the proposition is “deceptive” and “one-sided.” The wording of what will be proposition No. 1 on the November ballot will achieve the “purposes of promoting...Read more »