Gov. Andrew Cuomo acted on a series of bills Monday, vetoing bills that would have credited unclaimed bottle deposits to the Environmental Protection Fund and allowed the Catskill region’s Off-Track Betting to operate in New York City.
He also vetoed a bill directing the state to reimburse New York City for retired OTB employees and one exempting from sales and use tax food and beverages sold in vending machines for $1.50 or less.
He signed a law creating the Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs.
In the document explaining his veto of the Environmental Protection Fund bill, Cuomo said the fund is a priority for his administration, but any funding decisions should be made in the state budget, not separately.
“I am committed to finding additional ways to strengthen the EPF and will work with the Legislature to do so,” he wrote.
The bill extending the Catskill region to include New York City is a reaction to New York City’s Off-Track Betting facilities’ closure in December 2010.
Cuomo’s veto said a business plan to implement this proposal was not extended.
“I am sensitive to potential opportunities to re-employ a portion of the individuals who lost positions due to the failure of New York City OTB. But continuing such gambling expansion on a piecemeal basis is irrational and inconsistent with the manner agreed upon to regulate gambling in New York State,” he wrote.
Cuomo needed to act on the bills by a midnight deadline.