IF POLITICIANS & COMMUNITY LEADERS ARE SAYING THAT THE PLAN TO EXPAND RESORTS WORLD CASINO IN THE GHETTO IS GOOD, THEN YOU DAMN WELL KNOW IT ISN’T

Putting a gambling place in a ghetto is ALWAYS a bad idea and then wanting to expand it, is even a worse idea. I mean why would you stick a place like the Resorts World Casino in a shitty area, especially when it will attract ghetto shit folks and then does not do a damn thing to improve the community or businesses, but yet the crooked Southeast politicians will tell you otherwise. So if they are saying this expansion is good, then it definitely is not fucking good.

I mean does any intelligent person believe this bullshit:

Addabbo also acknowledged that the plan would mean local jobs both during construction and post construction.

“Beyond providing additional revenue, this expansion will also add approximately 1,500 good-paying careers for New Yorkers and thousands of construction jobs,” Levoff said.

Kamph also added that the creation of jobs will be of benefit to the community. Noting the increase in revenue that is likely to come from expansion, he said he hopes the casino will donate more money to schools. Addabbo said he would meet with Resorts World in the coming weeks to discuss an agreement and plans for expansion, as well as how it will affect entities connected to it, such as the state education fund, Aqueduct and job creation.

Just ask people from the community their thoughts on the matter, you know the people who actually live in the area,  not these asshole politicians.

So explain what these “good paying jobs” actually make and will those jobs be given to people in the community. As far as construction jobs, those are just temporary. And how do we know that this money will actually go into local school systems to improve them as the powers that be say. A portion of funds made by casinos goes directly to the state, which then allocates the money toward things such as the education fund, and the New York Racing Association. I just do believe this bullshit, who knows where the money will end up.

It helps to read the recent article in The Daily News on this issue (http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/rolling-dice-fast-aqueduct-casino-expansion-article-1.2704843) where they stated:

Instead, New York City is racing toward added casino gambling that will be used in part to subsidize a failing form of gambling on Long Island.

It sound to me like Southeast Queens will be getting screwed every which way.

But here is what one of the powers that be said about The Daily News article:

Good jobs, great bet for Queens 

Jamaica: The Daily News editorial “Rolling the dice too fast” (July 11) greatly minimizes the overwhelming benefits that an expanded Resorts World Casino will have on the Queens community, surrounding area, and, most importantly, students across New York State.

The editorial appears to deliberately downplay the increased revenue that an expansion of the facility will generate for the New York State education fund. Having already generated more than $1.5 billion for the education fund in less than five years of operation, Resorts World has been a critically important partner with the state, and this partnership — and benefits all New Yorkers reap — will only be strengthened by the expansion. In fact, the state’s Budget Division undertook independent analysis that shows the expansion will be a net gain for education funding.

Additionally, the editorial’s concern about a challenge to the Javits Center is entirely misplaced. The convention and meeting space contemplated at Aqueduct is much smaller in scope and would not even seek to target large shows that typically book at Javits. New York City is already severely limited when it comes to convention space, and event organizers have been seeking non-Manhattan destinations; we are now poised to deliver that economic engine for Queens.

Finally, the editorial also ignored the new, good-paying jobs the expansion will bring and that will help boost the local economy. The benefits from this expansion have been applauded by local elected officials and community leaders. For them, this expansion can’t happen fast enough. Michael Levoff, Senior Vice President Public Affairs
Genting Americas

So South Ozone Park resident and others who live by, it would be great to hear your comment on this and hear the truth from the people, not these asshole elected officials who don’t give a shit about the community and other powers that be that do not have the best interest of the community.

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From Queens Chronicle:

Resorts World plan may help Aqueduct

Hope for improvement at SOP racetrack with expansion of racino

Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:30 am | Updated: 12:38 pm, Thu Jul 14, 2016.

For residents who have long scrutinized the conditions at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park, a solution may be on the table — at least that’s what some Queens politicians and community leaders are saying is possible.

Following a recent announcement that Resorts World Casino is planning on expanding, area politicians said that secondhand benefits could accrue to the racetrack.

State Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), ranking member of the Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, told the Chronicle that the outcome of the plans is still unclear.

“We know how it affects gaming,” the senator said in a Monday interview. “We don’t know to the point exactly how it’s going to affect NYRA and Aqueduct.”

Addabbo said, “We want to make sure we go forward and embrace it, but embrace with caution.”

Last week, Resorts World announced its plans to begin expanding on the property with the construction of facilities such as a hotel, restaurants and a meeting space.

A portion of funds made by casinos goes directly to the state, which then allocates the money toward things such as the education fund, and the New York Racing Association.

“This new expansion, and its corresponding increase in visitation to our facility, will result in a boost in revenue for both New York’s education fund and the state’s horse racing industry — while also acting as a catalyst for additional economic development in our local Queens community,” Michael Levoff, senior vice president of public affairs at Genting Americas, said.

Ozone Park Civic Association President Howie Kamph believes the plans will be a good thing for the community.

In a Tuesday interview he said, “The casino’s been pretty good neighbors to us.”

He doesn’t believe that the expansion can hurt the neighboring racetrack, and jokingly added that it “don’t look too good anyway.”

Addabbo said that part of the reason people advocated for the racino was to help save the racetrack.

Once the pinnacle of horse racing, the track has deteriorated so much in recent years that former Gov. Spitzer once proposed shutting it down entirely. That proposal was opposed by then-Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer.

Last month, the Chronicle reported on deteriorating conditions at Aqueduct, which included elevators that didn’t always work, a homeless problem and dwindling funds from NYRA.

The funds received by Aqueduct, many argue, are low in comparison to the funds received at other racetracks, such as Belmont and Saratoga.

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) told the Chronicle that while plans aren’t finalized, he’s excited for what the casino has in store.

“Resorts World is such a great partner because of their ability to work with the community and local officials,” he said.

While he made it clear that the racetrack and casino are two separate entities, he said, “I’m confident that future development at Resorts World will only increase the attention and popularity for Aqueduct.”

A spokesman for Resorts World said that funds made by the expansion will increase revenue for the state’s horse racing industry and plans on working with all stakeholders, such as the Gaming Commission, organized labor, NYRA and the local community to ensure that there is a net positive for all, including Aqueduct Racetrack and the state’s education fund.

He added that the company has reached out to NYRA to schedule a meeting to discuss the plans and to answer any questions the organization may have.

A request for comment from a NYRA spokesman was not returned by deadline.

While Goldfeder acknowledged that the racino’s expansion could have positive benefits, he said that improvement to the racetrack isn’t necessarily Resorts World’s responsibility as much as it’s NYRA’s responsibility.

“NYRA needs to show the same commitment to investing in Aqueduct,” he said. “To their credit, over the last two years they’ve done that.”

While praising the casino’s relationship with the community, Goldfeder added that the expansion plans would benefit the local community as a whole.

He said there’s “no question” that the expansion will attract enough people to be profitable.

“Resorts World has already proven their ability to succeed,” the assemblyman said. With its latest plans, he believes it will continue to thrive.

Addabbo also acknowledged that the plan would mean local jobs both during construction and post construction.

“Beyond providing additional revenue, this expansion will also add approximately 1,500 good-paying careers for New Yorkers and thousands of construction jobs,” Levoff said.

Kamph also added that the creation of jobs will be of benefit to the community. Noting the increase in revenue that is likely to come from expansion, he said he hopes the casino will donate more money to schools. Addabbo said he would meet with Resorts World in the coming weeks to discuss an agreement and plans for expansion, as well as how it will affect entities connected to it, such as the state education fund, Aqueduct and job creation.

“I can’t wait to get into the details of that agreement and expansion,” he said.

Addabbo added that it’s important that Resorts World understands that its plans will affect the local community — which he said he’s confident they do.

“We’ve been waiting for Resorts World to do the next big thing there,” Addabbo said.

Community Board 10 Chairwoman Betty Braton is also confident in the racino’s expansion plans.

“Plans for expansion at Resorts World are a step forward towards the concept of a destination resort that has been part of the discussion with them since that concept was presented to the community back in 2010,” she said in a statement.

“We look forward to working with them as current plans take shape to insure they are sensitive to community concerns and impact is positive. Our experience during the last 5 years with casino officials is that our concerns do factor in to their decision making,” she added. “We’re certain that will be the case as this new project moves ahead.”

A spokesman for the casino said the venture could cost between $300 million and $500 million. A fall 2016 groundbreaking is expected.

 

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