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Cuomo not sure if he will campaign for his casino plan

By Tom Precious

ALBANY --Gov. Andrew Cuomo is hailing his new deal for new casino development as a major benefit for upstate New York.

But when asked by a reporter this afternoon if he will personally campaign to try to convince voters this fall to pass the casino referendum, the governor was less enthusiastic.

"I haven't even thought it through yet,'' Cuomo said.

But the administration has been working hard in recent weeks to move possible casino referendum opponents into at least the neutral column. Three Indian tribes, including the Seneca Nation, have cut various agreements with Cuomo in recent weeks that will keep them on the sidelines in the November ballot campaign; indeed, the Oneida Indian tribe signed a deal agreeing that it will do nothing to oppose the ballot measure. And enough casino companies from around the country are interested in making a play for casino developments in New York that even the most inside of insiders in the industry really can't pinpoint where a major rush of funds will be coming from this fall to oppose the referendum.

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Robert J. McCarthy

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Tom Precious

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