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Cuomo Wants Albany To Vote This Year On Upstate Casinos

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Governor Andrew Cuomo held a cabinet meeting in Albany Wednesday to address issues he would like to move on before the current legislative session ends next month, including creating three new upstate casinos.

The state Legislature originally approved the casinos last year, but they would need to approve the measure again this year, and then the public would have to vote on the matter in a referendum.

Republicans who support the new upstate casinos say there is a problem with the plan, as New York City is the only city in the state with major elections this year.

The governor, when asked about that, said, "We have the somewhat unusual circumstance of an election to site casinos in upstate New York, where the largest turnout is New York City. New York City has no vested interest because there would be no new casinos in New York City."

Meanwhile, Cuomo also told reporters about his literary plans Wednesday.

This week, it was revealed that New York Post state editor Fred Dicker, who had been writing an authorized biography of Cuomo, will no longer be doing so.

Cuomo used to be a regular guest on Dicker's radio show, but he hasn't appeared on the show for weeks, ever since the two had a major falling out over the issue of gun control.

The governor now said he will write his own autobiography.

"It's going to be a book of my experiences and my thoughts and my thoughts about government and the role of government. Some of the things that we've worked on, some of the lessons I've drawn from what we've worked on," Cuomo said.

The governor also wants Albany lawmakers to take up anti-corruption measures and his gender equality agenda in the remaining seven weeks of the legislative season.

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