Casino gambling is illegal in New York State except on Indianreservations. These casinos need not be located on a reservation,however. A New York tribe could apply to the Department of Interiorto develop one off site and then partner with Trump to operate it.The approval process could take four or five years, according toreal estate sources spoke with. Local and state wouldalso have to sign off on the project.

In published reports, Governor George Pataki threw his supportto casino development upstate where the money is sorely needed.Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's position has been that if other areas ofthe state are allowed to build casinos, the city should not bedenied the opportunity.

What is puzzling about the proposal is that Trump has beenfighting to prevent any more casinos from being built in New YorkState for fear they will siphon revenues from the three gamblingpalaces he owns in Atlantic City. "This doesn't make any sense.He's just trying to get some publicity," the source "Trump isn't going to build a casino in Manhattan andshoot himself in the foot."

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