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New York To Get Casinos? Cuomo And Polls Say Yes

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First Posted: 09/21/11 03:07 PM ET Updated: 11/21/11 05:12 AM ET

New Yorkers ready to roll the dice? According to a new poll conducted by the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, 56 percent of New York state are in favor of creating casinos similar to those in Las Vegas and Atlantic City. 64 percent agree that by building casinos in areas not designated on Indian reservation territory will bolster the current, struggling economy.

"Roll the dice. Spin the wheel. Hit me. New Yorkers of every stripe say what stays in Vegas should stay in the Empire State as well," Maurice Carroll, director of the Institute, said.

Wednesday's poll aligns with recent support displayed by both Republican and Democratic politicians and lawmakers, including Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat in Manhattan, who originally axed the idea of casinos being built in the five boroughs, is now also in favor of allowing a casino to be built at the Aquaduct Racetrack in Queens.

The Daily News got a sneak peak at what a racino in Queens would entail on its initial opening: 2,280 video lottery terminals and 219 electronic table game seats to occupy the 190,000-square-foot area.

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