NEW YORK – A powerful New York lawmaker could be placing his bets on a Coney Island casino.
State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is reportedly considering the historic site for a betting place.
The idea has the backing of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.
Willets Point in Queens is also being eyed as a possible casino destination.
Silver reportedly prefers the locations in Queens and Brooklyn over a location in Manhattan, like the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg insisted Monday that he’s never been a fan of gambling. “I think history shows that wherever casinos are built the local communities, in spite of all the talk, very seldom benefit,” Bloomberg said.
“As God as my witness, I’ve never heard anybody ever suggest either one, and nobody’s certainly asked me,” Bloomberg said.
The mayor has said he understands the need to find new revenues, but isn’t convinced gambling is the answer.
However, if gambling is legalized, he’d certainly like the city to share in the revenues.
“If we’re going to have it, I think New York City should have it, and we should be able to get revenue for our needs, here,” Bloomberg said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature took the first step earlier this year on getting a constitutional amendment to bring legalized casino gambling to New York.
The details are still being worked out but a public referendum in November 2013 will let the people have their say on whether New York should have full casino gambling.
New York could get as many as seven casinos if the plan goes through.
Source: CBS 2 NY