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Aqueduct deal still on hold

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Posted: Thursday, September 2, 2010 12:00 am

The proposal to build a gaming and entertainment facility at Aqueduct Race Track is still awaiting a final government approval.

The bid by Genting New York, a subsidiary of Malaysian gaming giant Genting Berhad LLC, is being reviewed by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, who still must sign off on the proposal.

If Cuomo does so, the bid must then be reviewed by the state Comptroller’s Office, the last authority that must approve it before construction can begin.

Earlier this week, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said he has concerns about the deal, though offered no specifics. No decision from DiNapoli’s office had been made as of press time.

Last month, Genting’s proposal was approved by many of the necessary members of the state government, including Senate Majority Leader John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), Gov. David Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan).

Genting’s proposal calls for a 93,000-square-foot gaming area on the first floor and a 42,500-square-foot gaming area on the second floor, an entrance with a three-story atrium and a 2,200-car-parking facility.

—Bryan Yurcan

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