Lawmakers: Raise Gambling Age To 21


With Governor Cuomo pushing to bring casinos upstate, two New York City lawmakers want to raise the gambling age in New York from 18 to 21.

Queens Democrats Philip Goldfeder, an assemblyman, and Joseph Addabbo, a state senator, are behind the proposed law.

"Nobody wants to see high school students or seniors in high school walking to the casino and spending their lunch money," Goldfeder told 7 News last week.

Goldfeder said it is his intent to make 21 the minimum age for all gambling, including the state lottery.

Most states, including states that border New York, have 21 year old minimums for casino gambling.

It's not clear what effect, if any, a state law would have on the policies of casinos run by native Americans. At least some of those casinos allow gambling at 18.

Would raising the age reduce problem gambling among young people? Maybe.

"One of the keys to prevention is to delay the onset of substance use or of addictive behaviors, and gambling follows under the category of addictive behaviors," Anita Seefried-Brown, program director for the Jefferson County Alcohol & Substance Abuse Council, said.

(The New York Post originally reported this story. The paper's version is here.)

Saturday, December 3, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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