ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Lawmakers in New York have little time left if they hope to quickly follow New Jersey in authorizing sports betting.
The state Legislature plans to adjourn for the year next week, giving supporters a short window to pass legislation allowing bets at casinos and on mobile devices.
While the state Senate's Republican leaders are supportive, Democratic Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie has signaled reluctance, saying he isn't a "big fan" of gambling. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has expressed doubts about a bill passing this year.
Gambling lobbyists are mounting a last-minute push anyway. They say illegal bets are already occurring and that legal wagers will raise revenue for the state and its struggling casinos.
Betting starts Thursday in New Jersey after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling allowed all 50 states to consider the option.
- Time is running out for New York sports betting bill
- Oneidas to offer sports betting after Supreme Court decision
- Stagnant horse racing betting court ruling helps the sport
- Lawmakers ponder sports betting - and face a deadline
- Nixon backs injection sites, says no rush on sports betting
- Mug Club: New York Mills Sports Booster Marauder Open
- New York's state-run ski centers in Adirondacks to open
- Lawmakers pass bill to move New York's primary election date
- New York Senate Republicans pass school security bills
- Online fantasy sports raise more than $3M for New York state