Queens, NY, August 3, 2010 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., a member of the Senate's Racing, Gaming & Wagering Committee, today issued the following statement on the winning Aqueduct bidder: “Today’s selection by the New York Lottery of Genting New York LLC, means that finally, after almost a decade-long process, the future of Aqueduct Racetrack and the surrounding communities looks bright.” According to sources at New York Lottery, Genting was chosen for their professionalism and for their understanding of the needs of the community.
Generally, this state budget is the fourth consecutive, on-time, fiscally responsible budget. It addresses the need to control spending, assist the middle class and improve educational opportunities for our children.
"I look forward to exploring the details of the vision for our state presented by Governor Cuomo at his State of the State on Wednesday. His ambitious policy plans and budgetary proposals must be evaluated along with doing what is best for my constituents and the state. I agree with the Governor as he stressed the need for fiscal responsibility, creating jobs, assisting small businesses, tax cuts for homeowners and renters, continuing mayoral control of our schools with improvements and overall progress for the education of our children.
"For the City and EDC to award $13.2 million in Madelaine Chocolate is to invest in the future of Rockaway. Its an investment in the recovery of one of the most hardest hit communities in the city by Superstorm Sandy. Its an investment in additonal jobs for one of the largest employers in the Rockaways, a peninsula with a high unemployment rate. I appreciate the award granted to Madelaine Chocolate."