UTICA, N.Y. --- Local State Lawmakers say the new mobile sports betting legislation provides more questions than answers. The Governor announced Mobile Sports Betting will be a part of the $212 billion dollar state budget. The Governor says the New York gaming commission will be in charge of determining which apps will be allowed for mobile sports betting.
Senator Joe Griffo says at this point the current language of the legislation will not include the Oneida Nation casinos. Griffo says the Oneida Nation can try and develop a relationship with one of the mobile sports betting companies but says that should've been done from the beginning. Griffo said the bill is too complex and needs to be fixed.
"There's a lot of aspects to this and it's unfortunate because the Governor could have fixed this and the legislature gave him a fix and a recommendation that he ignored. In the end, in order to get the budget passed, which is a late budget and in my opinion, a reflection of dysfunctionality in Albany under one party rule and control is now causing all of these questions," said Griffo.
The State said mobile sports betting would bring in around $500 million dollars in revenue.