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State takes second stab at initiating comprehensive gambling study

ALBANY — An ambitious review of New York’s gambling landscape will take longer than initially planned, as state officials restart their search for a firm to conduct the analysis.

Industry insiders and state lawmakers anticipate the study will prompt a shakeup of the state’s gambling rules and regulations, potentially leading to the development of three casinos in the New York City area.

But the changes could be delayed as work on the study — planned for completion at the end of the year — has fallen more than a month behind schedule. On Tuesday, the state Gaming Commission revealed it was scrapping the original timeline and it launched a new search for a firm to conduct the review.

Explaining the impetus for a second round of proposals, state Gaming Commission Executive Director Rob Williams said: “We were concerned that the aggressive timeline might result in compromised data and determined speed was less valuable than accuracy, especially given the intention that the product might be used to advise future policy determinations.”

The initial plan to complete the project in four months was deemed unrealistic by members of the gambling community, who noted the broad review includes casinos, sports betting, horse racing and off-track …read more

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