Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the passage of Proposal 1 late Tuesday, saying it will “keep hundreds of millions of dollars” in New York.
Cuomo first proposed the expansion of casinos in New York during his 2012 State of the State and pushed the Legislature to pass the constitutional amendment, which will allow up to seven casinos across the state. A separate law will limit the first four casinos to the Catskills, Capital Region and the Southern Tier.
“The passage of Proposal One is a big win for local governments, school districts, and taxpayers across New York State,” Cuomo said in a statement. “This vote will keep hundreds of millions of dollars spent each year in neighboring states right here in New York, while increasing revenue for local schools, lowering property tax taxes, and bringing proper regulation to the industry.”
The Associated Press declared the measure passed just after 11:20 p.m. Tuesday. It was opposed by the state Conservative Party and some state lawmakers, who said casinos prey on the gambling addicted and less fortunate.
Cuomo said the casinos will spur job growth.
“This vote builds on the landmark agreements we reached with Native American tribes this year, ending expensive court battles and unnecessary discord and restoring hundreds of millions of dollars to local governments,” Cuomo said. “Since taking office, my administration has focused on reviving the state’s economy, and today’s vote will further pave the way for the creation of new jobs, construction, and increased tourism in communities across the state.”