On the heels of NY State being super-duper excited to allow online gambling, now Governor Cuomo has signaled his support for a casino in the Big Apple. In a year-end interview with the Daily News, Cuomo said, "Do I support casino gaming at a New York City location? ... Yes."
New York could use the revenue from the gaming industry, though there have been some concerns about having one in the Big Apple (Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said earlier this year, "I don't want to see people going out for lunch during work and losing a week's pay or a month's pay" and doesn't want them in the inner cities). Cuomo explained, "I’m not excluding any locations at this time," but NYC would be a natural option because of its huge population—he just doesn't want one in a very dense part of the city. He added, "New York City is a real location,” he said. “Albany is a real location. Buffalo is a real location."
According to the News, "Cuomo expects to call on the Legislature in his Jan. 4 State of the State address to give the first of two needed votes to a state constitutional amendment to legalize casino gambling in the state." Voters, for the most part, like the idea of having a new way of losing a chunk of their change.