by By Edward-Isaac Dovere
And so, as Team Cuomo gathers for its first meeting with the now governor-elect on Wednesday at 10 a.m., the parlor game that has quietly been underway for months begins in earnest. Who will the man so obsessively guarded that he was his own political consultant and campaign manager trust to run his administration—a job that, given the size of the state and breadth of its government, is necessarily somewhat autonomous and even occasionally operating without his knowledge?
by Steve Mosco
A new era of New York horse racing began at Aqueduct Racino as hundreds gathered for the official groundbreaking on Thursday, October 28.
The project – Resorts World New York – gives the city its first-ever casino, right in South Ozone Park, and is expected to generate $300 million in annual revenue for the state. Genting New York, the developer behind the Queens racetrack, plans to install 1,600 Video Lottery Terminals by the end of March, with the casino becoming fully operational in 18 months.
by Connor Adams Sheets
The “racino” project at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park ceremonially broke ground after nine years of false starts and planning Thursday morning, attracting a slew of local leaders and union construction workers.
Actual construction work will begin on the project in about 30 days, but Gov. David Paterson led a group of stakeholders in the project in a ceremonial demolition, during which participants each broke a slab of rock with rubber hammers.
“With today’s groundbreaking, New York continues its confident march out of recession and back to prosperity and job growth,” Paterson said.