The Daily News is none too happy with the Albany trio that decided on the Aqueduct winner:
The men who misrule Albany have plumbed new depths of public-be-damned irresponsibility in their flagrantly scandalous plan to bring casino-style gambling to Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens.
Gov. Paterson, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democratic boss John Sampson picked a company to run thousands of slot machines at the decrepit raceway in dead-of-night secrecy that reeks of favoritism and fixes.
With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake both for the public and the firm that won the franchise, Paterson, Silver and Sampson solicited proposals from would-be gaming interests. Six submitted credible bids.
Since then, outrageously, the trio has:
* Refused to let the public see any details of the proposals - how much money each bidder put on the table, what skeletons they had in their closets or how their building designs stacked up.
* Repeatedly changed bidding rules in the middle of the game, demanding increasingly fat upfront payments to plug holes in the state budget.
* Fomented an orgy of campaign donations and spending by politically connected lobbyists.
* Generally conducted themselves so badly that developer Steve Wynn - Mr. Vegas himself - walked away in disgust.
But Governor Paterson said they weren't his first choice.
The winner is wasting no time starting on the project:
Aqueduct Entertainment Group, the partnership that was selected by Gov. David Paterson to develop Aqueduct, said it will unveil its construction schedule to the community in Ozone Park, Queens, Thursday night. Those plans involve beginning pre-construction of the site on Friday.
And the NY Post discovered the following:
The group awarded the contract to install and manage 450 video slots terminals at Aqueduct Racetrack was initially deemed "not qualified" by the state, The Post has learned.