From the Daily News:
Local residents should get a chance to weigh in before the state rolls the dice on full-tilt casino gaming, a Queens lawmaker said on Tuesday.
City Councilman Peter Koo is pushing for increased “local input” as an amendment to the state constitution comes up for a second round of votes allowing Vegas-style gambling.
The Flushing lawmaker — who is remaining neutral on the issue — contended that locals should be allowed to cast a ballot on whether they want gambling in their backyards.
“We want an open, transparent process,” said Koo (D-Flushing). “There are good arguments on both sides. We want community involvement.”
The state legislature passed an amendment to the constitution this year to issue seven casino licenses at yet-to-be determined locations. The measure must pass the Senate and Assembly again, and then go to a statewide vote.
There are currently nine locations in the state that combine a racetrack with electronic table game parlors, including the Aqueduct racino in South Ozone Park. These are likely contenders for the casino licenses.
In other words, the Council Members want a piece of the lobbying pie.