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ALBANY-Empire State voters have approved building up to seven full-scale casinos upstate, casting their ballots in favor of a constitutional amendment to expand gaming. In neighboring Massachusetts, where voters statewide passed a similar measure two years ago, two of the three proposals up for a vote by local residents were shot down.

“This passage will help pave the way for the creation of new jobs, construction and increased tourism in communities across the state,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday in Binghamton, which he visited to tout the gaming amendment’s benefits. Among them is an estimated $430 million available statewide to fund schools, property tax relief and local governments.

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