Voters in New York will not only pick a new mayor next month, they will also decide whether the state should have more casino gambling.
A ballot initiative before voters would amend the state constitution to allow the legislature to approve seven non-Indian casinos in New York. The first four casinos would be built in three upstate regions: the Catskills, the Southern Tier and near Albany.
The state budget office says new casinos could bring in up to $430 million in annual revenue for the state.
Recent polls show about 55 percent of registered voters support the ballot initiative. "It looks like it is expected to pass," said Erica Orden, state government reporter for the Wall Street Journal. "There will be a big push in coming weeks and there are several groups that expect to spend millions of dollars on advertising and voter turnout operations and other activities designed to advance the ballot measure."
To hear a complete interview with Erica Orden, click the audio link above.