A fresh gambling commission has since been brought into being with the mutual consent of the legislators and the worthy governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo; resulting in appointment of the ex-legal advocate for the New York State Racing & Wagering Board and existing director of the New York Lottery – Robert Williams as the acting director of the newly created commission. With a large proficiency and his great service as the executive director of the New York State Committee on the Future of Racing to his credit, Williams is expected to discharge his duties to the entire satisfaction of all concerned.
In fact, it is Gov. Cuomo who has taken the lead by putting his best efforts to extend casino gambling activities in the city. He has been advocating his plans since the last year itself by laying focus on putting up seven gambling units in the region – phase one being the initial project involving three destination casinos in New York. It took approximately one complete year for the two sides to sit together and successfully reach an amicable agreement for holding discussions aimed at expansion of casino gambling in the city of New York. It is a good sign that both sides have now decided to take the things in the right perspective on mutual basis to decide the fate of New York as far as gambling expansion is concerned.
Cuomo, the man with optimism for the future of casino gambling hopes that the things would prove fruitful. Though that may not appear a solid signal for full progress, yet casino gambling would flourish with sincere efforts on the part of all concerned, expects Cuomo who likes to call the same as evolving.
The newly appointed new commission becomes effective today, i.e. the first of this month with the addition of one more pact that would allow the voters to have a peep into the statewide referendum enabling the counties eligible for the first phase of the proposed plan of the governor. The struggling resort destination, Catskills with its booming past is on the list of both sides that have agreed upon its running in the early stage of their priorities.
There has been considerable opposition to the move as Sheldon Silver; the Assembly Speaker challenged the powers of the commission in picking the development sites the previous week. Likewise, various other matters must have also been ignored like the consent for selection of developers for granting approval for the new properties. Candidly, with many things yet to be covered by the commission; it is certain that the two sides have created a solid base for the expansion of casino gambling in the region by agreeing upon the major issues. The move is a great win for all concerned.