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Contractors lobby to NYS that gambling, marijuana revenue should go toward roads

A contractors industry group is calling for New York lawmakers to dedicate revenue from sports betting and legalized cannabis to road and other infrastructure improvements.

Sports betting — currently allowed on-site in the state’s commercial casinos — is estimated to generate $75 million, while the legalization of retail cannabis would send $300 million to the state.

The Long Island Contractors’ Association wants the money put toward roads and bridges that are in need of repair.



“Through the leadership of legislators who are sponsoring these bills, we believe we can establish a positive impact by dedicating new funds towards an important need; the aging and crumbling bridge and highway infrastructure in the State of New York,” said Marc Herbst, an executive with the group. “Specifically, families on Long Island depend on safe roads, highways and bridges.”

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