ALBANY, N.Y. (WKBW)- Politicians in Albany pulled an all-nighter Friday night into Saturday morning. It was the culmination of a 6 month legislative session which began back in January .
During that time, a variety of hot-topic bills were brought up for vote.
One of the approved measures, 4 new Las Vegas type casinos Upstate if New Yorkers vote yes on a referendum in the fall. If the ballot item is rejected, the bill allows the state to set up more slot like machines which are already legal in New York.
Also given the green light, Governor Cuomo's "Tax-Free New York" program which would allow businesses to operate tax free on SUNY campuses, and some surrounding areas, for up to ten years.
Senator Grisanti and Senator Kennedy voting yes for the program saying it will create jobs. Others opposed saying it puts existing businesses at a disadvantage.
One of the bills left on the cutting room floor, Governor Cuomo's "Women's Equlity Act", made up of 10 points addressing equal pay, sexual harrassment, and a controversial abortion component.
The bill, passed in the Assembly, but ultimately defeated in the Senate. Opponents said it would dramatically increase the number of late term abortions.
Some critical of Governor Cuomo say this was a weak legislative year.A new poll shows the Governor's approval ratings sinking to an all-time low.
However, Cuomo supporters and the Governor himself saying he is proud of this year's accomplishments.
In addition to the Upstate casino legislation, and tax-free zones for businesses, there has been an increase in the minimum wage, expansive gun control legislation coming after the Newtown tragedy, and millions more dollars secured for the regional economic development councils.