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NY OKs Casinos, Jobs Plan



ALBANY, N.Y. (AP/WBEN) - New York's state Legislature completed its 2013 session by approving four Las Vegas-type casinos for upstate, tax-free zones to attract employers, and cameras to catch speeders in New York City.

New York City would be allowed to set up 20 to 40 "speed cameras" in school zones to catch and deter speeders.

Friday night's final passage of the casino deal means four casinos could be located in the regions around Albany, Binghamton and the Catskills-Hudson Valley area. Two casinos could be located in one region, and that would likely be in the Catskills.

The Legislature also approved Gov. Andrew Cuomo's plan to give new employers and their employees 10 years of tax-free living if they locate on or near college campuses.

The bills will become law when Cuomo signs them.

New York lawmakers have also voted to increase state oversight of special education programs for preschoolers with disabilities.

The bill authorizes the state comptroller to audit all of the independently run programs at least once in the next five years.

Sponsors of the legislation say limited audits have shown widespread fraud and abuse, including absentee directors, redundant costs and potential conflicts of interest where evaluators direct children into their own programs.

Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says fraud in the $1.3 billion program has cost taxpayers millions of dollars while depriving children of needed help.

The state has more than 300 special education providers.

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