If the casino proposition is approved...
If voters approve the an expansion of gambling today, the next step in the process is appointing a board to dole out four upstate casinos.
The proposition will amend the state constitution to allow up to seven non-indian live-table casinos, but plans have only been outlined for the first four casinos, which will be distributed to the Capital Region, Southern Tier and Catskills. Where in those regions the casinos will go and who will operate them will be determined by a siting board, which will be appointed by the state's Gaming Commission after Jan. 1, 2014.
Within 90 days of a majority of the siting board members being appointed they must send our a request for proposals about the four casino licenses.
But if the proposition doesn't pass, the Gaming Commission will put out an RFP for parties interested in operating one of four new VLT operations, which would be located in Long Island, Capital Region, Southern Tier and Catskills.
Regardless of the proposition's result, the state Gaming Commission has put out a request for an interested firm to help plot out the state's gambling future. Gaming spokesman Lee Park said they're looking to obtain lottery market research and analysis.
A copy of the RFP is available below.
"Having a sound, thorough and comprehensive analysis and business plan that reflects all aspects of the gaming marketplace is simply a smart business practice," Park said. "The New York Lottery intends to position itself in a manner that will ensure stability and long-term growth and remain a relevant, important source of funding for State aid to education."
A potential firm that responded to the RFP was tentatively selected by the Gaming Commission on Monday, but they still need to be approved by the state Comptroller's Office and other executive branches.
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