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New Gaming Commission board member offers reality check on casinos

By Tom Precious

ALBANY -– Sixteen months after the agency was created, the state Gaming Commission finally has a representative on its board appointed by the State Legislature.

Peter Moschetti, an Albany-area lawyer, was confirmed this afternoon by the State Senate to serve on the agency that will be selecting which developers will win the four commercial casino licenses up for grabs this year. The agency also regulates horse racing, Indian casinos, charitable gambling and runs the state lottery system.

In a Senate racing committee meeting this morning, Moschetti was asked by lawmakers about the expansion of casino gambling in New York. “I can see that it’s here. It’s coming. I think certainly there’s a great deal of opportunity for revenue. There’s also many pitfalls that go with that,’’ Moschetti said.

While noting the idea of the casino expansion is to create new economic development opportunities in some upstate communities, he said, “I don’t know if it’s the panacea that everybody thinks it is.’’

“Certainly, there’s an opportunity for revenue raising and jobs … Hopefully, it will work out well,’’ he added.

Moschetti was nominated to the post by Senate co-leader Dean Skelos. He previously had served on a state panel about a decade ago that regulated the state’s lobbying industry. He has been a trial lawyer, county prosecutor on Long Island and is an avid horse rider.

The Gaming Commission is dominated by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s five appointees. With the confirmation of Moschetti, there is one slot -– to be filled by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -– still open. The Albany Times Union recently reported that Silver has nominated former Democratic Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza for the opening, but she still needs Senate approval to take the post.

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