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In spite of multiple setbacks, New York Senator Joseph Addabbo is not letting up in his pursuit of legalising online casinos in the Big Apple. 

Addabbo had previously pushed a bill to be included in the budget of the state, however, its exclusion was regarded as a significant setback in the potential for the legalisation of  online casinos in the region. 

The decision of Gov. Kathy Hochul not to include online casinos in the budget when counting for tax revenue in the sector served to dwindle optimism of growth in the region. 

Nonetheless, Addabbo had previously outlined that with or without the support of Hochul, he will look to progress the bill and the legislation of online casino as he has emphasised the economic impact it could have on the state. 

To this point, PlayUSA revealed that Addabbo is seeking an alternative avenue to push through the bill as he looks to strengthen the rapport between himself and the New York Hotel and Gaming Trades Council.

Central to the union concerns is the potential cannibalisation of the state’s land-based industry, yet Addabbo is looking to ease these fears and come up with a solution that he believes could fast track discussions around the fruition of the sector. 

The Senator told PlayUSA: “I want to get together with the Hotel Trades Council and figure out a national model for how we can have igaming and not cannibalise their brick-and-mortar casinos. We just need to have some initiative and get creative with the language.”