Will New York allow gaming at major airports?

Will New York allow gaming at major airports?

Thursday, February 11, 2016 Totally Gaming
Gov Andrew Cuomo was the driving force behind the legalisation of casinos in the state

A company linked to Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, has applied to introduce electronic gaming — including a digital version of the New York Lottery — to the city’s JFK and La Guardia airports.

A report in the New York Post newspaper said that OTG Management filed papers with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying it hopes to introduce “casino-style games, electronic lottery, monetised social gaming and games of skill” for its thousands of iPads mounted in the terminals.

The story suggested that wagering could include apps that would allow passengers to play New York Lottery sweepstakes and scratch-off games, sources said.

OTG, which runs more than 200 restaurants and stores in 10 airports across North America, has donated more than $117,500 (€100,000) to Cuomo’s campaigns in the last five years. Its chief strategy officer is Larry Schwartz, who formerly served as Cuomo’s chief of staff.

Richard Azzopardi, a spokesman for the Governor, told the New York Post that former employees, including Schwartz, are banned from bringing business before the state for two years and they’re abiding by it.

An OTG spokesman said the company was “focused on transforming the airport experience”.

Gambling in New York is currently restricted to horse racing, pari-mutuel betting, bingo and lotteries, although legislation was passed in 2013 that would allow for up to seven new casinos, in addition to a number of Indian-run venues and racinos.

A state board granted licenses to three resort casinos in December with Montreign already under construction as part of a $1.3bn (€1.1bn) resort.

 

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