Governor Cuomo says he’s not concerned about reports that the casino gambling industry may not be all that healthy. The negative news comes as the state is considering authorizing four new gambling centers in the next few months.
Prospective casino operators got a chance to ask the Cuomo Administration questions about details of the process for choosing licensees for four upstate casinos. They won’t get answers, though for several days.
The structure of the event was a bit awkward. Gambling conglomerates, and other developers, who have all paid $1 million dollars each for the privilege of being considered for a casino site, attended a mandatory session held by Governor Cuomo’s Gaming Commission.
In his State of the State Address Governor Cuomo surprised some people in the North Country by reviving an idea that's been bandied about for decades and one that has people split on what the best course of action is for the long term economic prosperity in Northern New York.
The idea of allowing cities to set their own minimum wage has support from the head of the state’s black and Hispanic caucus, but the plan faces obstacles elsewhere.
New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio first proposed the idea of allowing individual cities in New York to set their own minimum wage higher than the state’s current $8 an hour. The legislature’s chair of the Black, Hispanic, Puerto Rican, and Asian Caucus, Assemblyman Karim Camara says it would help the lowest income earners cope with higher costs of living.