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Cuomo sets timeline for selection of NY casinos

ALBANY (AP) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo says operators for new casinos in upstate New York casino should be selected by early this fall.

In his State of the State address Wednesday, Cuomo set a swift timeline for the process of choosing the sites, starting with a board to be appointed this month. Applications will be accepted in March. Bids will be due by June.

New York officials can award up to four casino licenses upstate after voters in November passed a state constitutional amendment to allow Las Vegas-style casinos beyond Indian land.

Cuomo also says that the president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Mark Gearan, will head the state's Gaming Commission.

AP-WF-01-08-14 2135GMT
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