Las Vegas-style casinos would provide upstate New York's economy a badly needed boost, two lawmakers said at a New York City discussion.

Speaking at an Oct. 21 panel sponsored by the Citizens Budget Commission watchdog organization, state Sen. John Bonacic, R-Mount Hope, and Rep. Gary Pretlow, D-Mount Vernon, urged voters to pass the first of six statewide referendum propositions, which would allow for up to seven casinos.

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