Power Players: Assemblyman Gary Pretlow and Sen. Joseph Addabbo
Assemblyman Gary Pretlow
Sen. Joseph Addabbo
New York Legislature
As chairs of the respective racing and gaming committees in the state Assembly and Senate, Pretlow and Addabbo have worked as the champions of sports betting legislation in New York. They have made changes to satisfy various constituents in a state that legalized sports betting at its casinos six years ago in anticipation of changes in federal law. People can legally bet on sports within the walls of four upstate tribal casinos, but the broader package that would include commercial casinos and parimutuel facilities remains stalled by in-fighting, even as New Jersey and Pennsylvania roar forward.