Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to include the legalization of mobile sports betting and retail cannabis in the state budget, he announced on Wednesday.
Cuomo, who is due to give his State of the State address next Monday, is seeking to raise new revenue in the spending plan this year amid a budget gap widened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the details of both measures will matter in the coming negotiations.
The governor's plan for mobile sports betting -- allowing gamblers to wager on the outcome of sporting events through smartphones and tablets -- is likely to disappoint casinos, which could cut them out of the action.
"We want to do sports betting the way the state runs the lottery -- where the states get the revenue," Cuomo said at a news conference.
New York's four commercially operated casinos are allowed to have sportsbooks, but the industry has taken a hit amid the pandemic and restrictions on indoor gatherings. Some states have casinos run mobile sports betting themselves.
Likewise, marijuana legalization in New York has stalled for several years amid disagreements over the specifics of how a program would taxed and operated as well as how communities that have been impacted by harsh drug laws benefit from the measure.
"I think that should have been passed years ago," Cuomo said. "I think too many people have been incarcerated and punished.