From the Daily News:
Queens activists who want locals to get a piece of the action at the new Aqueduct racino said they are still waiting for the company to ante up.
A top official for Resorts World New York pledged yesterday to give special attention to southern Queens residents applying for the estimated 1,150 permanent jobs.
"We will give out as many jobs to local residents as possible, and I anticipate that most of those jobs will go to local residents," CEO Michael Speller told the Daily News.
But he declined to put a target number on the table for local hires - and that raised the hackles of activists.
Leroy Gadsden, leader of the Jamaica chapter of the NAACP, said he doesn't buy Speller's promise. For Gadsden, seeing is believing.
"Just to make the announcement does not count. That is not action, that is advertisement," he said.
Resorts World announced Tuesday that it has started filling permanent positions at the racino. The company has teamed up with local job placement organizations and will run ads in weekly publications to get the word out, Speller said.
Resorts World has also posted jobs on its website, where candidates can submit résumés.
In addition, the company will make good on its promise to build a job placement center at the construction site in June, Speller said. Officials made the promise at a Community Board 10 meeting in July, contingent on Resorts World being chosen as the developer.