From the NY Post:
Gov. Cuomo on Wednesday called for the “largest convention center in the nation” to be built at the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens.
Folks learned later that the deck was stacked: Team Cuomo had already inked an agreement for such a project with an Asian-based firm, Genting, whose subsidiary runs the racino there.
And officials had already discussed “casino expansion” at the site and agreed to “work together” on plans — even as Cuomo pushes for a constitutional amendment to allow broader gambling in New York.
Public input? Ha! Even Mayor Bloomberg was left out of the loop.
Cuomo’s never heard of it.
And never mind that Cuomo’s predecessor, David Paterson, and Democratic lawmakers got themselves in gobs of trouble for initially steering the racino itself to a single, politically favored firm — AEG.
The state’s inspector general at the time, Joseph Fisch, called that fetid deal a “betrayal” of the public trust, in which officials “focused on political gain at a cost of millions to New Yorkers.” Et tu, Andrew?