From the Daily News:
The Aqueduct racino may be raking in money for the state, but it is falling short in terms of taking care of its own backyard, a Daily News investigation has found.
The South Ozone Park facility employs 60.2% of its staff from Queens — considerably less than promised before it opened, according to a State Lottery roster obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request.
In June 2011, Michael Speller, president of racino operator Resorts World Casino New York City, publicly pledged that 70% to 80% of the staff would be hired from Queens.
The company fell short of that goal, documents show. And local stakeholders want to know why.
With 1,846 employees as of April, the shortfall means 181 fewer jobs went to Queens residents than the low end of what Speller promised. Comparing it to the high end of his promise, that’s 365 fewer jobs for locals.
At a hypothetical average salary of even $30,000 a year, a 10% shortfall means $5.4 million in lost wages for Queens residents.