On Thursday, a state lawmaker revealed that the state legislature is set to award at least one full-blown casino license to a gambling operator in the city as part of this year’s budget.
Queens State Sen. Joe Addabbo, who chairs his chamber’s Racing, Gaming, and Wagering Committee, revealed that negotiators have agreed to bake three casino licenses into the budget.
Addabbo, a Democrat, added that two of those licenses are likely to be given to the Resorts World Casino in Queens and the Empire City Casino in Westchester County.
Sources said that at the moment, both of those locations are currently only allowed to offer slot machines and racing betting.
Still, with full casino licenses, they could start hosting table games like poker and blackjack.
He said The third license expected to be greenlighted in the budget remains a wildcard.
According to reports, based on previous legislative agreements, it would have to be awarded in the city, the Hudson Valley or Suffolk, or Nassau Counties, but negotiators have not yet zeroed in on a specific location.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that he hoped the city could score the third license — at which point the Big Apple would have two full casino gambling facilities.
“We would love to have two in New York City,” Adams said.
Addabbo backs the idea of Adams.
“Of course, as a lifelong Queens resident, it would mean a massive economic jolt for the city,” he said.