Lawmakers Work On Deal For Casinos In Manhattan

The New York Times reports:

A Monaco-style casino atop Saks Fifth Avenue, across the street from St. Patrick’s Cathedral. A gambling den with East River views, alongside a popular wedding venue. A Hard Rock casino in the center of Times Square.

In the next several days, as part of state budget negotiations, Gov. Kathy Hochul and legislative leaders may well hash out a deal that could authorize three casino licenses for the New York City area — a prospect that has set the Albany lobbying machine into overdrive, and sparked a creative ferment among real estate developers and casino operators eager to strike gold in New York’s glass-and-brick canyons.

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