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Deal would OK 2,000 video slot machines on Long Island

To recap the flurry of activity last night, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and lawmakers reached a deal on a gambling-expansion bill under which Long Island would get video-slot machine parlors holding up to 2,000 terminals.

Nassau and Suffolk counties would each get to build one facility hosting up to 1,000 machines. Here’s a link to more background.

The gambling bill also includes authorization for four upstate casinos.

Of course, rank-and-file legislators have vote on the bill this week. And the fate of the gambling-expansion bill is tied to a related referendum that voters would have to approve this fall. The referendum would amend the state constitution to allow up to seven non-Indian-run casinos.

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