Statement Of Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson

March 11, 2010

Nothing is more important than creating jobs and keeping our economy moving. Since joining the selection process, I have consistently supported the selection of a bidder capable of breaking ground quickly to give New Yorkers the opportunity for gainful employment during these tough economic times.

I respect the decision of Governor Paterson, and the process followed by the Division of Lottery.  Like all sectors of the state's economy, the racing and gaming industry is facing difficult times. 

We now need to move forward with the selection of a new vendor in a responsible and timely manner.