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US – Attempts to speed up New York casino process derailed

By - 3 June 2021

A Manhattan Assemblyman has derailed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s hopes of speeding up the legislative process needed to bring casino gaming to NYC.

Wynn Resorts, Bally’s Corp. and Las Vegas Sands are all reportedly interested in the potential of a casino project but objections from Manhattan law makers have seen attempts to speed up the process by two years fail.

Manhattan Assemblyman Richard Gottfried said to The Post: “I adamantly oppose any casino in Manhattan. I believe it would be seriously detrimental to the residential and commercial quality of Manhattan.”

Freeman Klopott, a spokeswoman for the New York State division of the budget, believes the bill might be revived later in the year: “With the influx of federal funding, there was less of an imperative to change the status quo, however we are continuing to work with the Legislature to see if there is a path forward this year.”

Another suggested it could come back to the surface in January.

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