The Saratogian

SARATOGA SPRINGS — A study released last week says the state’s nine racetrack casinos have a nearly $2 billion economic impact and account for more than 17,000 jobs.

Based on this success, casino operators who sponsored the study say their facilities are the only sites where full-scale Las Vegas-style gambling should be allowed.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for a constitutional amendment that would permit expanded casino games such as poker, roulette and craps — staffed by dealers — instead of video gaming alone. New York residents spend an estimated $3 billion per year at out-of-state casinos that have such games.