Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hevesi questions convention center deal

From the Queens Chronicle:

Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi (D-Rego Park), like others, is waiting to see how Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to build the nation’s largest convention center in Queens will play out.

But speaking at a meeting of Community Board 5 on Jan. 11, Hevesi said he is troubled by the process Cuomo chose, limiting the development to Genting America, which operates the recently opened casino nearby at Aqueduct Race Track.

“The city doesn’t give out sole-bid contracts and the state doesn’t either, usually,” he said. “Why did we do it here? Why Genting? Did the governor get a deal?”

He also questions whether or not the governor did his homework before throwing the weight of his office behind a convention center as a panacea for state’s economic ills.

“Convention centers nationally are not making the money that they did a few years ago,” he said. “There’s been a drop-off.”

Cuomo’s office could not immediately be reached for comment.

And a poll says NYers don't want the thing, anyway.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Somebody should question Hevesi...like the FBI!

Not that Guv Andy isn't going to get a fat cut by pimping the Malaysian slot machine firm that will be running the show!

I guess all that Taiwanese campaign money has dried up for the democratic party.

Malaysia...the new wellspring of laundered cash soon to be flowing.