Cuomo, Legislature Already Winners From Casinos

ALBANY (AP) -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo collected more than $361,000 and the Legislature has raked in over $1 million from gambling interests leading up to the Nov. 5 referendum that would legalize seven more casinos in New York, a new report out Monday shows.

In July, Cuomo and the Legislature changed the wording of the referendum to an unusually rosy tone, promising casinos will bring lower taxes, more school aid and more jobs. The law enacting the referendum had once prohibited campaign contributions from gambling interests, but that was dropped during closed-door negotiations.