ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – The expansion of gambling in New York has hit a bad luck streak.
The recession has interrupted more than $900 million in construction work on a Seneca Indian casino in Buffalo and a gambling-themed resort in the Catskills. New York officials have yet to persuade federal officials to reverse a Bush administration ruling that has blocked the long-planned debut of Indian casinos in the Catskills. And a contract to introduce video lottery terminals to Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens appears shaky amid an investigation into how it was awarded.
All of these projects would bring money to a state starving for revenue, whether from the $300 million Aqueduct franchise fee or a cut of revenue from new and bigger gambling operations. It's unclear how long they'll be in limbo.