Gov Vows to End Delays on Aqueduct Gambling Plan

Belmont Stakes in jeopardy if lawmakers don't act quickly

Saturday, Jan 2, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 AM EDT
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Gov Vows to End Delays on Aqueduct Gambling Plan

The governor promises he'll get this show on the road.

Gov. David Paterson is vowing to finally get moving on a stalled plan to bring lucrative video lottery terminals to Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens.

     It has been eight years since lawmakers approved a plan to install as many as 4,500 of the gambling machines at the horse track.
    
Five companies have bid for the rights to operate the so-called "racino,'' but the governor and leaders of the state Senate and Assembly have been slow to decide who should get the contract.
    
Paterson said Friday that he will announce his choice for a vendor within a week.
    
He says the state needs to act now.
    
The New York Racing Association has threatened to cancel the Belmont Stakes if lawmakers don't get moving on the plan.

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