The odds of casinos coming to New York City just got a bit better.

What You Need To Know

  • A highly competitive contest to get a gaming license in the city is underway

  • The City Council approved new zoning that could ease this process for some proposals

  • Casino applicants will still have to undergo an extensive state approval process to get a license

As expected, the City Council approved new zoning to allow casinos to be constructed in commercial and manufacturing zones in the city, following an extensive state review process.

While seemingly bureaucratic, the zoning change is a crucial step to pave the wave for casinos to come to the five boroughs.

There are at least 11 projects vying to get three casino licenses up for grabs by the state. The awarding of those licenses will likely not happen until next year.

The City Council’s move Thursday means many of those projects could be built without an additional land use review process. Only four of them would need additional, special approval from the Council, including a proposed project at Hudson Yards, a potential casino in the parking lot of CitiField, a project in Coney Island and another project in the Bronx at the Bally’s Golf Links.

The Council’s vote was 35 to 15 — a smaller margin of victory than typical.

Some councilmembers questioned whether they were giving up the chance to more extensively review projects.

But most of the members with potential projects in their districts voted yes, except for Councilmember Kristy Marmorato, who represents the area of the Bally’s Golf Links at Ferry Point.

“Our constituents need to have a larger and louder voice in this process and since DCP is trying to take that away from our constituents, I am here to take a stand and will be voting no,” she said.