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Saratoga County balking at NY casino for city

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to authorize seven Las Vegas-style casinos was approved in a statewide referendum, people in one of the most lucrative potential locations continue to balk.

Saratoga County officials have canceled a vote Thursday to support casino gambling. Under Cuomo's plan, one casino would be built in the Albany-Saratoga region. The owners of the harness racing track and video slot "racino" in Saratoga Springs want to turn it into a full-fledged casino.

But voters from the prosperous city, the county and all of the surrounding counties rejected the casino proposition.

The process requires local support before a site is chosen. But how that support will be measured isn't clear. Under state law, a community can't block a casino.

An online petition by opponents is also underway.

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Washington Times