This week the Governor asked me to hold off on introducing legislation because he wanted to lay out his plan first. Accordingly, I waited. I appreciate the fact that he has now done so. I am pleased he is actively engaged on the issue of gaming.
“The Governor should be commended for ending a long standing dispute with the Oneida Nation. I wish him continued success in resolving remaining disputes with other Native American tribes and nations. The Governor’s actions will help bring greater clarity to where private sector casino gaming can go. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the Senate and Assembly, and the Governor to bring casino gaming to fruition this year.”
State Senator John J. Bonacic (Orange County), has introduced legislation, S.5586, which would provide for a process to authorize up to seven licenses for casino gaming if a referendum on the Constitutional amendment to allow casino gaming this November is successful.
State Senator John Bonacic today thanked Governor Cuomo for submitting casino gaming legislation, but indicated he was very concerned the Governor’s proposal would be defeated if adopted by the Legislature and put before the voters in November in its present form.
After 50 Years, Legislature Poised to Pass Bill to Allow Casino Gaming in Catskills
State Senator John J. Bonacic (R/C/I – Mt. Hope) and Assemblyman Gary Pretlow last night introduced legislation (S.5883/A.8101) that is expected to pass the Senate and Assembly this week to authorize up to four casinos across three regions, including the Catskills, if voters approve the plan this November.