State Senate Green-Lights Genting for Aqueduct

Maybe the Aqueduct deal will happen after all.

The Democratic majority in the State Senate today issued a statement saying that it supports the selection of Genting New York to develop slot machines at the Aqueduct racetrack.

From Senate Democratic leader John Sampson:

“Nothing is more important than creating jobs. The acceptance of Genting puts New York on the fast track to rebuild our local and state economy through sound economic development and immediate and long-term job creation.”

Now, the ball falls into the court of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who also must give his approval before Genting can be granted the development rights.

Not to say it’s exactly time to break out the Champagne. The last time the procurement process fell apart at the Aqueduct, it was after Mr. Silver, Mr. Sampson and the governor had all given the nod to a single firm: Aqueduct Entertainment Group (although Mr. Silver had attached some new conditions).

Still, things appear to look promising. 

ebrown@observer.com