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Pol wants to raise gambling age in New York to 21

Resorts World New York in Queens

Resorts World New York in Queens Credit: Resorts World New York in Queens (Resorts World New York)

If you're not old enough to buy a beer, you won't be old enough to gamble in New York state -- as long as one Queens pol has his way.

State Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. said Monday he's promoting a push to raise the gambling age to 21 from 18 as part of any legislative effort to legalize full casino gaming in the state.

Resorts World New York, a racino at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Addabbo's district, could one day become a Las Vegas-style casino with Albany's consent.

Addabbo said he wants to raise awareness "to avoid youthful gambling addictions"

Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office introduced a bill last week that would begin the process to legalize live gaming, which would require a voter referendum on changing the state constitution.

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