Gov. Andrew Cuomo is making a case to postpone a referendum on whether to allow major casinos off Indian land in New York.
That vote by the public to amend the constitution to allow casino gambling beyond tribal facilities had been anticipated this November. Cuomo didn’t say he will try to change that date.
But Cuomo says the lack of statewide political races could reduce voter turnout and support for the referendum. He proposes three upstate casinos, but the legislature could change that. The sites haven’t been selected.
Cuomo is promoting his casino proposal as an economic development and jobs project for upstate. The legislature is scheduled to give its required second approval of a constitutional amendment to expand gambling before the end of session on June 20.