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Casinos ‘in every borough’
By DAVID SEIFMAN City Hall Bureau Chief
Last Updated: 5:10 AM, August 18, 2012
Posted: 12:36 AM, August 18, 2012
Mayor Bloomberg wants to put Vegas-style casinos all over the city — even in suburban Staten Island — if the state decides to authorize them.
“If you’re going to have it, I think you should have it in the city. And I think we should have it every place. Why should the people of Staten Island not have a casino?” he asked on his weekly WOR radio show. “Brooklyn? Great place for it at Coney Island.”
The mayor went so far as to endorse a return to the days when slot machines could be found in shops all over town. “Why not?” he asked. “If it were up to me, I guess I would say no. But we’re going to have gambling.”
The state Legislature has taken the first steps to authorize up to seven Vegas-style casinos around the state, including at least one in the city. The racino that opened last October at Aqueduct Racetrack, in Queens, is already taking in more money through its slots than any casino in the country. Last month, a record $1.13 billion was wagered.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
But Staten Island Borough President Jim Molinaro isn’t ready to roll the dice. “From Las Vegas to Atlantic City, they bring problems. We don’t need that here,” Molinaro said. The No. 1 cheerleader for a city casino right now is Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, who lobbies for one at Coney Island practically every chance he gets.
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