One of the items up for a vote Tuesday was a proposed New York State constitutional amendment that would allow up to seven full casinos around the state, starting upstate. The Cuomo admin has been pushing the idea as economic development, and framed it that way again after the vote. [NYS BOE] [NYT] [Cuomo admin]
The amendment was approved, 57-43. But support around the state was evenly distributed. In fact, majorities in three of the Capital Region's four core counties voted against it -- one of the majority "no" counties was Saratoga, which has a good chance of ending up with a casino. [NYS BOE]
We pulled the unofficial vote tallies on the casino amendment and mapped the results by county. Two clickable maps are after the jump.
A few things to keep in mind when looking at the maps:
+ Because of legislation passed this past summer, the initial batch of casinos is limited to four in three regions: the Hudson Valley-Catskill area, the Capital District-Saratoga area, and the Central-Southern Tier.
+ The Cuomo admin also worked out a deal with the Seneca nation in western New York to keep new casinos out of that area in return for the Senecas paying the state and local municipalities there based on revenue from the nation's three already-existing casinos.
Maps are in large format above -- click or scroll all the way up.
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