New York voters have authorized seven Las Vegas-style casinos to be built to boost the economy.
With 60 percent of precincts reporting, the constitutional amendment was approved Tuesday 57 percent to 43 percent.
One would be in the Southern Tier near Binghamton, two in the Catskills and Mid-Hudson Valley region, and another in the Saratoga Springs-Albany area. A New York City casino would be built in seven years, although some casino operators say the law could allow for a New York City casino sooner.
The vote is a major win for Gov. Andrew Cuomo who proposed casinos as a way to reverse the long distressed upstate economy. The first four casinos would be built upstate, although the specific sites will be chosen by casino developers.
Other Propositions voted on Tuesday night:
Adirondack Land Swap- New York voters have approved a proposition to give up the state's claim to the property of 216 private and public landowners in the Hamilton County hamlet of Raquette Lake.
Sewage Facilities Indebtedness- New York voters have approved a proposition that allows local governments to borrow beyond their legal debt limits for another 10 years to accommodate sewer facility projects.
Veterans Benefits- New York voters have approved a state constitutional amendment to ensure additional civil service credit to disabled military veterans appointed or promoted to a civil service position.