NY gov seeks Aqueduct convention center, casinos

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called for building the world's largest convention center hotel at Aqueduct racetrack as part of his push for expanded gambling to provide more state tax revenue and create jobs.

The nearly 4 million-square foot convention center with 3,000 hotel rooms located between New York City's major airports in Queens would replace the Javits Center in Manhattan.

The Daily News first reported Wednesday the project would be funded by the Genting Group of Malaysia. Genting runs the video slot machine center at Aqueduct.

Cuomo says in his State of the State speech that New Yorkers could approve a constitutional amendment to have Atlantic-City style casinos off Indian reservations. A likely spot is the Catskills, a once storied resort area.