Sen. John Bonacic remained hopeful on Tuesday for a final deal on regulating sports gambling in New York, saying the lack of action would only benefit illegal betting and casinos operated by American Indian tribes.

“If we don’t do a sports betting bill, Native Americans are going to be happy and the illegal betters in New York are going to be happy,” said Bonacic, the chairman of the Senate Racing And Wagering Committee.

But a compromise seemed elusive at least for the final days of the session. Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie was non-committal when asked about the progression of the bill in his chamber.

“I’m not sure, depends on how the calendar goes and see where the members are,” Heastie said. “But I don’t have any indication it’s something members want to do. But we’ll see where the members go in the next couple of days.”

Bonacic, meanwhile, suggested he wanted to push the button on a finalized version of the legislation, which he has been working in conjunction with Assemblyman Gary Pretlow.

The measure has been the subject of lobbying by operators of casinos and racinos, as well as the major sports leagues to refine the regulations after the Supreme Court last month struck down a federal ban on sports betting.

“I’m struggling with always trying to make the bill more perfect. It’s more important that Pretlow and I meet together on a bill,” Bonacic said. “They’re all pushing and pulling and I didn’t want to get caught up in all that. I’m waiting to see what Pretlow does and they should know within 24 to 48 hours.”

A law exists now for the state’s gaming commission to develop regulations, but lawmakers have said they want to act to put their own stamp on a framework, as well as develop a plan for sports betting on apps through mobile devices.

Updated: Bonacic’s comments about the tribal casinos and illegal betters being at an advantage from the lack of regulatory action by the Legislature drew criticism from Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente.

“I’m very disappointed in Senator Bonacic’s statement today while attempting to rush a gaming bill through both chambers of the legislature,” Picente said. “Comparing Native Americans to illegal betters is wrong on every level. At best it is factually incorrect and at worst it is coded racism in an attempt to discredit the partnerships communities like mine have built with Native Americans, like the Oneida Nation.”