Addabbo Has ‘Unfinished Business’ With New York Gaming As Election Looms

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Sen. Joe Addabbo says he has unfinished business on the gaming front. 

Whether Addabbo gets his chance depends on New York voters. 

Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), the chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, plans to run in District 15 in the upcoming election. 

He has played a significant role in advocating for the launch of legal online sports betting in NY. Addabbo and counterpart Assemb. Gary Pretlow also advocated for the acceleration of three downstate NY casino licenses. 

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New York Senate primaries will take place on Aug. 23, while the general election is Nov. 8. If Addabbo wins, he plans to make legal NY online casino gaming the featured item for next year’s NYS budget. 

Some people close to Addabbo, 58, have told him that it might be time to think about his next chapter — perhaps returning to practice law or become a lobbyist. But his only focus is on continuing in his current role

“My passion right now is still to be a public servant, an elected official to help people and take care of the unfitted business gamingwise,” Addabbo told PlayNY over the weekend. 

The New York Court of Appeals last month struck down a map drawn by the legislature that, according to the court, favored Democrats and didn’t adhere to a predetermined and independent redistricting process. As a result, a court-appointed individual reconfigured the districts.

Addabbo had sent a letter to the court requesting that Howard Beach not be separated into three different districts, but his request went for naught. 

The new NY congressional maps were supposed to be released earlier Friday evening but came out just after midnight. 

“It is what it is,” Addabbo said. “I’ve always told my staff you prepare for the worst and hope for the best. You’re dealt a hand of cards, and now we’re going to play them. It’s a road to victory in the 15th District, and I know what I have to do.” 

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