Racing and gambling matters are still in play in New York as the governor and lawmakers try in the coming week to put the finishing touches on a new state budget.
New York lawmakers have given final approval to an expansion of video lottery terminal games at six of the state's nine racetrack-based casinos.
A measure giving flexibility to the financial operations of the New York State Thoroughbred Breeding and Development Fund passed by a comfortable margin in the state Senate, as it has every year since 2010.
New York's agency that regulates the racing, casino, and lottery industries had his nomination sail through the state Senate March 4, which paves the way for the formal appointment of a siting panel to recommend new casinos.
Sen. John Bonacic, chairman of the New York Senate Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, introduced a measure May 23 to ban casinos on Long Island and New York City, except the borough of Queens.
Several of New York's racetrack gaming facilities would be first in line for full-scale casinos under legislation being finalized by Senate Republicans in the state legislature.
Republican New York Sen. John Bonacic said he plans to schedule hearings this year to discuss horse racing and casino gambling in New York.
Pending legislation would direct state grants toward promotion of racetracks and farms and create a seven-member advisory panel to run the program.
Lawmakers in New York said they plan to put off until next year passage of a measure permitting casino gambling in the Catskills resort region of the state.
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