October 21, 2010

Statement on Inspector General Report

Today's report by the New York State Inspector General is the comprehensive, thorough investigation I asked for in February concerning the circumstances surrounding the initial selection of AEG to operate a video lottery terminal facility at Aqueduct Racetrack.

I was unconvinced that the bid submitted by AEG and initially approved by the Governor and Senate in January had been adequately evaluated, critically analyzed and carefully considered. Because serious concerns had been raised regarding the selection process, I demanded that every bidder meet certain requirements before the Assembly would approve the awarding of this franchise. Essentially, those same requirements were adopted as part of the new bidding process and were ultimately met by the successful bidder.

As the Assembly continues to review the IG's findings, it is our objective to ensure that the establishment of a video lottery franchise at Aqueduct Racetrack is undertaken quickly, provides a stable revenue stream for the state, and fosters economic revitalization in the surrounding communities.