Capitol Notes

Senate Dems hope to bridge divide on mobile sports gambling

If the state legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo don’t compromise on their competing plans for online sports gambling, “nothing will get done,” according to Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee Chair Joe Addabbo.

As of Friday afternoon, the issue had yet to be resolved, but Addabbo said Senate staff had crafted a potential “hybrid framework” that might be a palatable compromise for the two sides. The plan would involve more operators than the limited approach unveiled in the governor’s budget and would incorporate Native American interests.

“There is still a pulse,” the Queens Democrat.

His hope is that they can get this compromise model up and running for the NFL season in the fall and have all the kinks worked out by the time the Super Bowl occurs in 2022. Then they can analyze what’s been in place and determine if changes are needed to maximize revenue and job creation.

If a deal can be struck on mobile sports wagering, Addabbo predicted there could be additional deals on downstate casino development and future tax rates for existing upstate casinos.


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