Sunday, August 8, 2010

Judge tosses Aqueduct suit

From Crains:

The state will continue with its selection of a new operator for a slots parlor at Aqueduct Racetrack after a judge Thursday dismissed the lawsuit by a former bidder that sought to put a halt to the process.

New York Supreme Court Judge Barry Kramer ruled Thursday afternoon that the state Lottery Division had a rational basis for its decision to deny a license to Aqueduct Entertainment Group (now called Aqueduct Entertainment Co.) and that it did not act in an “arbitrary and capricious” manner.

The decision paves the way for Lottery to continue vetting Genting New York, part of a Malaysia-based entertainment giant, which is the sole remaining bidder in what has been a drawn-out process. Lottery is expected on Tuesday to make its recommendation to state officials on Genting.

The NY Lottery is backing Genting as well. Not everyone is on board, however.

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