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Bill Introduced To Hold Referendum On 3 Casinos Near NYC

New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill Monday that would let voters decide whether to allow three new casinos in the northern part of the state just outside New York City. 

The bill would schedule a referendum - voters would be asked to approve up to three casinos in Bergen, Essex or Hudson counties.

Crucial details, including the tax rate they would pay and how much would go to Atlantic City, would be determined in subsequent legislation.  Atlantic City fears the competition could destroy much of its remaining casino industry.

The bill comes as Hard Rock International and the Meadowlands Racetrack prepare plans for a casino at the East Rutherford track that analysts say could be among the most successful casinos in the nation.

Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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