(ALBANY, N.Y.) -- Gov. Anthony Cuomo is showing his hand when it comes to his position on gambling, and it's casinos that stand to profit.
Cuomo says it's time to push the chips into the middle of the table and legalize non-Indian-operated casinos in New York State, telling reporters Tuesday, "The gaming issue is an issue that this state has to come to grips with."
State officials say the motivation for such a move is to streamline what the Cuomo administration describes as a "disjointed" gambling system that allows state-run video gaming facilities at race tracks and Indian-operated casinos but prohibits all other forms of commercial gambling.
Cuomo says his administration is "actively" looking into the possibility of legalizing commercial casinos, a move that would pay dividends for state revenue and springboard a new wave of jobs.
“It’s really not an issue anymore of, ‘Well, if we don’t officially sanction it as a government, it’s not going to happen,’” Cuomo said. “It is happening.”
Before such a move can take place, the proposal would have to be approved by the legislature, followed by a public referendum.
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