Status Quo On New York Gaming Front As State Budget Delays Continue

Written By Mike Mazzeo on April 4, 2022 - Last Updated on April 5, 2022
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The already delayed New York State budget still isn’t finished, meaning the fate of the expedited downstate casino licenses will have to wait at least another day — if not longer.

Sen. Joe Addabbo confirmed via text Monday afternoon from Albany that there was nothing new on that front.

Addabbo told the New York Post earlier in the day:

“I’ve packed through Friday. I wish I packed a Bible ‘cause I think we need lots of prayers up here.”

Due to other unresolved issues like bail reform and public financing for the new Buffalo Bills’ stadium, an extension was reached through Thursday so that state employees can be paid past 4 p.m. Monday. All NY policymakers will have their pay withheld until the final budget is passed.

Last week, both Addabbo and his counterpart, Assemb. Gary Pretlow, expressed cautious optimism to PlayNY that the three downstate casino licenses would be included in this budget, thereby expedited from 2023 to 2022. However, their hopes of expanding online sports betting will likely have to wait until at least post-budget, with the session ending June 2.

Details that need to be ironed out on the downstate casino front include licensing fees, local control and community input, process and timeline deadline.

A popular iteration that has local support would be for existing video lottery terminals (VLTs) Resorts World NYC (Queens) and MGM Empire City (Yonkers) to become full-scale NY casinos.

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Mike Mazzeo is the Lead Writer for PlayNY, arriving after covering several of New York's professional sports teams in a variety of roles for the past decade. Previously, he served as a beat writer and columnist covering the Brooklyn Nets (ESPN) and New York Yankees (New York Daily News). Mike also covered both the MLB and NBA nationally for Yahoo Sports. In addition, he served as a general assignment reporter for ESPN NewYork.com. He has also had bylines in the New York Times, New York Post, Newsday, Forbes and The Ringer. With PlayNY, Mike brings extensive coverage and unique story angles to what is projected to be one of the biggest and most lucrative online sports betting markets in the country. It's been an arduous and confounding process to get here, but 20 million New Yorkers (many of them die-hards) are now legally able to bet on their favorite sports teams across the state via online and mobile platforms.

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