New York casino bill would expand gambling casinos

New York's casino expansion bill being negotiated behind closed doors has a new provision that would expand gambling even if voters reject the proposal to build more casinos.

A copy of the revised bill obtained Saturday by The Associated Press includes a provision that would authorize video slot machine centers in New York City's outer boroughs and as many as three or four sites upstate. The bill provides for the video slot casinos with up to 5,000 machines.

The bill hasn't yet been released. It is being negotiated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders.

Cuomo has said that getting public approval for a constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-type casinos would be difficult.

A spokesman for the governor declined to comment when asked about the provision.