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Assemblymember Santabarbara: Time to permit mobile sports betting

Jesse King
The Rivers Sportsbook in Pittsburgh opened with 14 kiosks.

It’s no secret that New York state is facing a fiscal emergency in 2021. With revenues sharply down because of the coronavirus pandemic and federal relief left out of the latest COVID package, legislative leaders are discussing raising taxes on the wealthy to help plug a $15 billion shortfall.

Democratic state Assemblymember Angelo Santabarbara of Schenectady has another idea: legalize mobile sports betting, allowing New Yorkers to gamble from their cell phones instead of only inside a casino. Santabarbara, from the 111th district, spoke with Public Media's Ian Pickus of WAMC in Albany.

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