On Friday, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D/I/WF–Far Rockaway) attended the grand opening of Resorts World Casino New York City at Aqueduct, New York City’s first casino. The casino, now one of South Queens largest employers, drew a crowd of approximately 20,000 guests on opening day, according to Resorts World officials.
“This project has always been about the jobs,” Goldfeder said. “Resorts World Casino is a job creator and economic engine for Queens. I hope the casino can build on the success of their grand opening and create even more jobs down the road.”
Resorts World Casino is the largest project of its kind in New York and has created 1,350 permanent jobs on top of more than 1,500 construction jobs. According to casino officials, more than 41,000 job seekers applied for the 1,350 permanent positions, a number that skyrocketed from 10,000 applicants just a few months ago.
“When you look at the number of applicants for those jobs, it shows you just how bad the economy is,” Goldfeder said. “People want to get back to work. That’s why we must continue to partner with Resorts World Casino to create even more of these kinds of good-paying jobs that help lift our economy out of this rut.”
Goldfeder, the new Assemblymember representing Ozone Park, urged his constituents to contact his office if they experience any quality of life issues associated with the opening of the casino.
“I want my constituents to know that no problem is too big or too small to warrant a call to my office. I’m here to help,” Goldfeder said. “With thousands of visitors coming to our neighborhood each day, we’re going to experience some problems, especially as it relates to traffic. I will work with Resorts World Casino, the 106th Precinct and community leaders to address any problem that may arise.”