ALBANY — The odds just keep getting longer.
Mobile sports betting is all but dead in New York, thanks to a stalemate among top Democrats in the state Assembly that is unlikely to be resolved before the legislative session ends, The Post has learned.
“There’s road block in the [state] Assembly,” Assembly sponsor Gary Pretlow (D-Mount Vernon) said. “It can’t move, the leadership is stuck on the constitutional question.”
Pretlow told the Post that Heastie has sided with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has long argued an amendment to the state Constitution is needed — a three year-long process.
“I’ve been trying to convince them that is totally untrue,” Pretlow said of Heastie and Cuomo.
Heastie was not immediately available to comment.
Current state law limits in-person sports betting to four upstate casinos — Del Lago, Rivers, Resorts World Catskills and Tioga Downs — and tribal casinos.
Pretlow said he spoke to Heastie last Friday about bringing the measure to the floor, noting he “has the votes” on both sides of the aisle.
“My position is: they’re losing tens of millions of dollars if we don’t do this,” Pretlow added.
But the bill still needs to clear two key committees before the entire Assembly could vote on it – which is unlikely with lawmakers expected to finish up by June 19.
The measure sailed through the state Senate on Monday, despite the Assembly’s inaction.
“We’re giving them a framework that includes everybody, we’re not recreating the wheel,” state Senate sponsor and chair of the Senate Gaming and Wagering Committee Joe Addabbo (D-Queens) said. “I’m the eternal optimist, I still have two days.”
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