With the support of residents of the state of New York behind him, Senator Joseph Addabbo has begun his quest to give the people what they want, that being Las Vegas style casinos.
New York state Sen. Joseph Addabbo said earlier this week that he is working with the operators of the Aqueduct racino to bring full-fledged gambling to the site and the rest of the state. Currently, under state law, the Aqueduct racino, called Resorts World Casino New York, which is expected to open this month, is legally restricted to only offering video lottery terminals. Addabbo is working to change all of that.
“Rather than see the money keep going to Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Indian casinos upstate, in this stagnant economy I believe we must start the process, including public input, for the expansion of VLT racinos into full casino gaming to increase our revenues and to boost education initiatives…The smart bets are that voters would want to amend the [state] constitution and ‘let the games begin’ — making it a win-win situation for the economy of our state and for our people.”- YourNabe.
Senator Addabbo is hoping to ride the momentum of a recently conducted Quinnipiac poll which found 56 percent of state voters favor the creation of casinos similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas.