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New delay could have big impact on Upstate NY casinos

A quiet decision by the state Gaming Commission to delay an eagerly awaited study on the future of gambling in New York may have a profound impact on whether the state moves forward with mobile betting and a casino expansion.

State leaders are in the midst of considering whether to add private casinos in the New York City area, legalize mobile sports betting and standardize the tax rates for all the existing gambling parlors.

The initial goal by the Gaming Commission was to have the study completed at year’s end — in time for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature to consider it in time for the state budget due April 1 and before the legislative session ends in early June.

But the Gaming Commission last month pushed back the request for proposals for companies wanting to conduct the study until Thursday, and the first draft will not made public until April 1.

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