Cuomo releases his 3-casino plan for upstate

ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to authorize three Las Vegas-type casinos upstate New York, a large video slot machine center in Western New York and an open-ended moratorium on casinos in New York City.

The bill prohibits a casino in any of the five boroughs.

Cuomo made the announcement today.

Cuomo’s proposal would put resort casinos in three of six regions. A gaming commission will have a role in locating those casinos.

The regions in play include the Catskills, the Albany-Saratoga region, the North Country, Central New York, the eastern Southern Tier and Western New York.

The proposal going to the Legislature would allow only one casino in a region.

Cuomo calls for a minimum $50 million licensing fee and a 25-percent cut in gross revenues.