Hochul rejects bills putting ex-cons to work in casinos, Manhattan Chopper Limits

Gov. Kathy Hochul vetoed legislation allowing ex-convicts to work in casinos and a bipartisan bill to ban tourist helicopters from Hudson River Park, where the incumbent Democrat occasionally flies at taxpayer expense.

“The regulation of aircraft and airspace is primarily a federal task and federal law
severely limits the state’s ability to legislate in this area,” Hochul claimed in her veto statement, while dismissing future restrictions on non-essential flights in the park.

Ordinary New Yorkers could have sued companies whose planes produce “unreasonable” rattle — a longstanding complaint from West Side residents buzzed by chartered helicopters — according to legal language.

The bill, proposed by Sen. Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan) and Rep. Richard Gottfried (D-Manhattan), was passed by the state legislature last June with a large bipartisan majority.

A helicopter flies over Manhattan.  Noisy helicopter rides are a target of longstanding complaints from West Side residents.
Noisy helicopter rides are a target of longstanding complaints from West Side residents.
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Hochul also whipped out her veto pen on a bill that would have lifted the ban on hiring people with criminal records to work in gambling establishments such as casinos, except for people convicted of “public integrity, embezzlement, theft, fraud or perjury.” became language states.

While the newly-elected governor has supported criminal justice reforms in the past, she said letting criminals work in gambling establishments was too much for her.

Players take their chances on casino slot machines.  Gov. Hochul rejected a bill that would allow felons to work in casinos with some exceptions.
Hochul opposed a bill that would allow criminals to work in casinos with some exceptions.
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“Employees at a gaming establishment work in sensitive jobs and handle large amounts
Money,” she said in a veto statement.

State legislatures passed about a thousand bills last year, and about 200 bills await action from Hochul in the coming weeks.

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