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The former CEO of a defunct Briarwood-based credit union has been sentenced to 46 months in federal prison for accepting bribes related to loans and advertising.

Alan Kaufman, 62, the former head of Melrose Credit Union, was convicted of two counts of bribery of a financial institution officer back in April. He was sentenced Sept. 29 by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, according to a press release from the office of Audrey Strauss, U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

The operators of the casino at Aqueduct Race Track in South Ozone Park hit the jackpot last weekend, when more than 65,000 people flocked to the opening of a facility that many residents say will help revitalize a community especially hard hit by the rough economy.

“It will bring people from all over, and that’s going to really help this area,” said Deborah Richardson, a Queens Village resident who waited more than two hours to get to the entrance of the Resorts World Casino New York City. “They’re creating jobs, and those are needed.”

   Borough elected officials, civic leaders and residents of Maspeth, Middle Village and Elmhurst this Monday joined Mayor Bloomberg in cutting the ceremonial ribbon on gleaming new Elmhurst Park.

   The $20 million, six-acre green space, which sits on the site of the Elmhurst gas tanks, recently opened to the public, and has quickly become a popular park in what the mayor called one of “most densely populated areas” of the Big Apple.