New York State approved VLT gambling for Aqueduct Racetrack eight years ago. Now, two Governors later, VLTs are still not up and running at Aqueduct, a community's in a frustrated limbo, and our cash-strapped state is still not realizing much-needed income.
Queens, NY, July 7, 2010 – “After evaluating the recent decision by the New York Lottery regarding the future of Aqueduct Racetrack, I intend to continue my position of making every effort to work cooperatively with whomever is selected to operate at Aqueduct for the sake of my constituents.
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.
Queens, NY, September 13, 2010 – "Now that the NYS Attorney General and State Comptroller have signed off on the Aqueduct proposal, I am optimistic that the final necessary procedures can be expediently completed, so that we move toward the realization of local jobs and economic benefit from the site. I look forward to working with Genting New York, NYRA and all entities involved for the well-being and interests of our communities."
Queens, NY, February 7, 2010 -- The Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming & Wagering held a hearing in Albany on the future of horse racing and gaming in New York State. Chaired by Senator John J. Bonacic (R-Middletown), the Senate panel included Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), a member of the committee.
Queens, NY, October 3, 2011 – NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens) intends to work towards beginning the process of legalizing full casino gaming at Resorts World in Queens, ‘similar to those in Atlantic City and Las Vegas’ following the release of a recent Quinnipiac University poll of New Yorkers who support full casino gaming: 56 percent vs. 37 percent of NYS and NYC voters overall support casinos; 58 percent vs.