Sunday, January 15, 2012
Not so fast, Andy!
From CBS 2:
There was more problems Friday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s controversial Aqueduct convention center project.
It seems the state doesn’t control a large part of the land and might not get it, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.
For a politician who tries to never make a mistake, Gov. Cuomo has suffered a major “oops” moment with his grandiose plans to let the owner of the Aqueduct racino build a new convention center there.
When the governor made that sweeping statement that he wanted to “build the largest convention center in the nation” during his state of the state address, he apparently thought the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey controlled 22 acres of the land at Aqueduct, so it wouldn’t be a big deal to get the bi-state agency to sign it over.
But he was wrong. The land belongs to New York City and Mayor Michael Bloomberg might not want to sell it to him because, oops, he has plans to build a convention center of his own near Citi Field.
And here’s another problem: a change in the city lease could trigger an extensive land use review and City Council sign off. Just imagine how many lobbyists it would take to get that done.
CBS 2 reported last week that the casino project also faces another hurdle. Competitors were not allowed to bid on it, as required by state law.