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Deal reached to bring casinos to upstate NY
By MICHAEL GORMLEY
ALBANY -- A senior administration official says Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders have struck a deal to authorize four upstate casinos and to allow votes on 10 separate women's rights bills including an abortion proposal that appeared to be blocked in the Senate.
The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal was scheduled to be announced on Wednesday.
Legislative officials immediately disputed some of the agreement setting up a potentially rocky end to the legislative session this week.
The Assembly's Democratic majority says the chamber still plans to vote and approve all 10 items as a single bill.
A Senate Republican official late Tuesday night said there was no commitment to bring the abortion bill to the floor.
ALBANY -- A source close to negotiations says legislative
leaders reached a deal late Tuesday night on several topics ahead of a midnight
deadline to end the session this week.
One part of the deal calls for two casinos in the Hudson Valley, one in the Capital Region and one in the Southern Tier. If passed, voters will have to approve the measure in November.
Leaders also hammered out a deal for the 10-point women’s agenda. Each part will now be voted on as separate bills, which could allow legislators to vote down an abortion measure while not impacting the rest of the agenda.
A deal was also reached regarding tax-free zones near universities.
The source spoke to CBS6 on the condition of anonymity because the bill was still being printed and a formal announcement was planned for Wednesday.
Earlier Tuesday night, Assembly Democrats were told a deal would be reached by a self-imposed midnight deadline. Legislators had hoped to end the session Thursday, but were forced to postpone leaving the capitol until Friday to allow a three-day waiting period before a vote.