State budget deal calls for three NYC-area casinos

The New York City area could get as many as three new casinos as a result of the new budget deal reached by Gov. Kathy Hochul and state legislative leaders on Thursday. The budget still needs to be voted on by the full Legislature.

The decision, which was part of the state’s overall funding package, moved up the date of a 2013 voter-approved measure allowing seven new casinos in the state. Four have already been built in upstate New York. The bill language hasn’t come out yet and could always change before it is passed.

Lawmakers plan to approve an initial licensing fee of no less than $500

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