The thoroughbred scene will move from Belmont to Aqueduct in a few weeks, and racing will continue through the winter at the newly renovated racino in Queens. What happened at Aqueduct last winter must not be repeated, and it is up to the state to make sure that it isn’t.
After years of opposition, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has decided to roll the dice on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s dream of opening a casino in New York City. There is just one house rule, according to the Daily New‘s Albany bureau chief Ken Lovett: not in my backyard. (He’s just as parochial as his constituents!)
The locations Silver is open to a casino include Coney Island—where Borough President Marty Markowitz desperately wants one—the new Mets megamall at Willets Point and the so-far-failed plans for one at Aqueduct. But proposals like Times Square and at a rejiggered Javits Center are definitely out.
What happens when you throw two strangers into a Subaru and ship them out to Queens to check out the new convention center site?
The Times grabbed Barbara Buzzell, 75-year-old interior designer from Long Island and Gerald Yuska, 30-year-old owner of Breakwater Surf Company from Rhode Island, and put them up for the task.
The state lottery has officially recommended that the state award the Malaysia-based Genting Group the rights to redevelop the Queens Aqueduct, a struggling horse-racing track, into a gaming and horse-racing destination.
This comes as no surprise. The other two bidders—Penn National Gaming, and a consortium of SL Green, Hard Rock and Clairvest—were disqualified Read More
The more we learn about the failed attempt to rig the bidding process for the Aqueduct racetrack casino, the more we realize just how crooked Albany has become.
Readers no doubt will recall that the long-stalled plan to build a slot-machine casino at the Queens racetrack collapsed several months ago when the state awarded, Read More
Apparently fed up with the tortured politicized process of selecting a firm to build a slot machine operation at the Aqueduct Racetrack, Governor Paterson said this morning his administration would simply, by itself, pick a winner through a standard procurement process. This would jettison the unusual process set up years ago for the racetrack that Read More
Facing increasing criticism for selecting a politically-connected bidder to develop slot machines at the Aqueduct race track, Governor Paterson released a statement Thursday afternoon stressing that legislative leaders had agreed on the choice.
The statement appeared to be a riposte at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who Friday stated a list of conditions (and sent Read More
ThoroughbredTimes.com — our favorite horse racing rag — is reporting that the state’s selection of a vendor to convert the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens into a racino should be happening soon. Real soon.
That’s because New York State’s Division of Lottery has finally reviewed all three proposals and deemed all three viable.
The Read More