Cuomo talks casino revenue sharing during tourism summit

Posted at: 05/08/2013 10:58 AM | Updated at: 05/08/2013 5:56 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

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Gov. Cuomo held a summit of New York business and government leaders to bolster tourism statewide.

Mark Mulholland / WNYT

ALBANY - Several times during his summit with tourism leaders from around the state, Gov. Cuomo encouraged counties and communities to work together in regional efforts to draw visitors. An idea that most embrace. 

"I believe we'd be more effective if we had those counties really working together in a region, because most tourism, especially nowadays, is working region-wide," said Cuomo.

But when it comes to casino gaming, neighboring counties find themselves on opposite sides of an effort to land a full-fledged gambling hall.

In Saratoga and Warren counties for example, Saratoga Springs wants one of the casinos the governor has proposed and so do many in Lake George and Warren County -- making neighbors playing against each other at the same table.

The governor said Wednesday for the first time that wherever the casinos are located, neighboring counties will reap the benefits, too.

"If a region wins a casino, yes a home county would get a share of the revenue to pay for the services, but we'd also have a revenue stream to all of the counties in that region so everybody wins if that region wins." said Cuomo.


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