NEW YORK, March 11 New York should choose a new
slot machine vendor for Aqueduct Racetrack in a quick and
"apolitical" manner now that the Lottery Division has rejected
the winning bidder, Governor David Paterson said Thursday.
"The Executive Branch advocates that the selection of the
Aqueduct VLT (video lottery terminal) franchisee be done
pursuant to an expedited, transparent, apolitical and publicly
accountable procurement process," the Democratic government
said in a statement.
His comments come amid a state and federal probe of whether
he selected Aqueduct Entertainment Group for the lucrative
contract to assist a political ally.
The governor had already said the state could not count on
the $300 million Aqueduct Entertainment Group was scheduled to
pay on March 31.
New York has been seeking for about a decade to boost
gaming revenue by adding slot machines to the horsetrack,
located in the New York City Borough of Queens.
The list of previous companies that bid for the contract
included: SL Green Realty Corp (SLG.N) with Seminole Hard Rock
Casinos, MGM (MGM.N), Harrah's Entertainment HAMLEH.UL,
Pennsylvania National, Wynn Resorts Ltd (WYNN.O), Delaware
North, The Peebles Corporation, and the Mohegan Tribal Gaming
Authority and the Victoria Racing Club, which were working with
New York-based Capital Play.
(Reporting by Joan Gralla; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama and