New York’s newest Las Vegas-style casino set to open upstate

SCHENECTADY (AP) — A new casino is opening in upstate New York for the second time in a week.

Rivers Casino and Resort in Schenectady was expected to open at noon today. The Las Vegas-style casino is one of four that was authorized by state regulators after voters approved an amendment to New York’s constitution expanding gambling.

The del Lago Resort & Casino in the town of Tyre in the Finger Lakes region opened last week.

Tioga Downs in the Southern Tier converted into a slots and table-games casino in December and the Montreign Resort Casino in the Catskills is due to open in March 2018.

The casinos are entering a crowded regional gambling market, with competition opening in Maryland, Massachusetts, Delaware, Rhode Island and elsewhere.

Police seek man who shot 2 people inside Albany apartment

ALBANY (AP) — Police in Albany say they’re looking for the man who forced his way into an apartment in the city and shot two people.

Authorities say the shooting occurred around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at an apartment house on Washington Avenue. Police say a man entered the apartment and shot a 26-year-old man in the arm and leg and a 21-year-old woman in the abdomen.

Police department spokesman Steve Smith says both are being treated at Albany Medical Center Hospital Wednesday morning and both are expected to survive.

Smith says the gunman appeared to know both victims and there’s no threat to the general public.

State lawmakers to hold hearing on human services spending

ALBANY (AP) — New York lawmakers are taking a look at state spending on human services.

That’s the topic of their latest state budget hearing, scheduled for today in Albany.

It’s all part of the Legislature’s ongoing review of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $152 billion state budget proposal.

Lawmakers are likely to recommend significant changes to Cuomo’s suggested spending plan. The final product will be hammered out in negotiations between the governor and top lawmakers in the Senate and Assembly.

The Legislature hopes to approve a spending plan before April 1, the start of the next fiscal year.