Colby Hamilton, Writer, WNYC News
Colby Hamilton is a general assignment reporter. He originally joined WNYC as a political blogger. He's a proud graduate of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
With the state's budget crunching giving state officials leave to look for interesting revenue streams, New Yorkers appear to support at least one of Governor Cuomo's ideas. According to a Siena Reseach poll released today, 57 percent of the respondents said they would support a constitutional change to allow gambling outside of Native American reservations in New York.
Nearly three-quarters of those polled believe the move will create significant jobs and bring in major revenue for the state. This, despite a majority of those polled agreeing that bringing gambling to New York will also bring additional crime and gambling addiction.
“Majorities of Democrats and Republicans, and of residents of every region of the state, support allowing Vegas-style casinos to be built here in New York. While there is concern about crime and compulsive gambling, the need for jobs and government revenues appears to far outweigh the downsides according to most New Yorkers and voters,” Don Levy, Siena Research Institute's director, said in a statement.
While Governor Cuomo appears to be supportive of the measure, New York City's mayor Michael Bloomberg has called the move "regressive" and is not in favor of making it legal.