Cuomo dialing voters, pushes NY casino proposition

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - That phone call urging you to support expanded casino gambling is coming from Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The automatic "robo-calls" urge New Yorkers to vote for a constitutional amendment Tuesday that would allow seven Las Vegas-style casinos.

The calls are part of a multimillion dollar promotional blitz by the business-backed lobbying group New York Jobs Now. It won't say how many calls are being made or how much they cost.

State Conservative Party Chairman Michael Long, religious leaders and good-government advocates say the costs of problem gambling and crime outweigh any benefits from casinos.

Long says he got his call Monday.

A Cuomo spokesman confirmed the effort. Cuomo says casinos will create jobs and raise money for schools.

Governors are prohibited from using public money to advocate for a ballot proposition.

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