Time to act on
demand that Governor David Paterson choose a vendor to install
operate video lottery terminals at Aqueduct Race Track. The
of January 8, 2010, set by the Governor himself, has passed.
economic and fiscal circumstances, so eloquently and frequently
by the Governor, cry out for action. State Comptroller Thomas
has confirmed that "New York's state cash flow is at historically
levels." The economic revitalization of our local economy needs a
start, and Aqueduct can provide that impetus. This process has
on far too long without a decision.
We are throwing away $1,000,000.00 (One
Million dollars) a day in lost revenues for New York
State. Procrastination is indeed the thief of time, and in this
case, vitally needed cash for the State. Moreover, despite not
selecting a bidder thus far, the Governor has already added the
million upfront payment toward this year's budget deficit, and we
run the risk of losing that sum for this fiscal year.
of jobs, both short term construction-related, and long term jobs
within the facility, could have already been created during the
of this past year during an extremely difficult economic climate
impacting our residents had this decision been made in a timely
The New York Racing Association,
which controls horse racing at Aqueduct, Belmont Park and Saratoga
Course, has complained that it is running out of cash and would be
forced to cancel the Belmont Stakes in June if it does not receive
funds from the state. NYRA is set to receive a portion of VLT
once the machines are up and running.
Ongoing decisions taken must include
consultation with Community Board 10, and the more than 130,000
residents of our area, who live in Ozone Park, South Ozone Park,
Richmond Hill South, and Howard Beach. Contract arbitration with
union organizing racino workers and other workers' rights must
Our community is ready to move forward
and accept the most qualified of the four bidders in contention
contract- Aqueduct Entertainment Group,
the Peebles Corp., SL Green and Penn National Gaming.
Time to act, Governor!
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