2012-03-30 / Columnists

It’s My Turn

By State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder 23rd Assembly District

Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder Assembly passage of legislation for a constitutional amendment that would legalize enhanced casino gambling at no more than seven facilities in New York State is a huge victory for Southern Queens. The constitutional amendment would need to be approv-ed again by both houses in the legislature before a constitutional amendment would go to voters for consideration, but this is a great first step in bringing even more quality jobs to our neighborhood.

Enhancing gaming in New York by bringing table games to casinos will stimulate our economy; draw additional businesses into the state; and create opportunities for countless jobs, increased tourism and muchneeded revenue. In determining potential locations for these facilities, we need to pay special attention to entities and partners that have a proven record of community collaboration and neighborhood understanding.

Since the day it opened, Resorts World has served as an eager and effective community partner, delivering on their promise of local jobs and serving as an economic engine for the region. They worked hand-in-hand with elected leaders and the community to ensure seamless transition and development at the Aqueduct facility. They meet regularly with the NYPD and the community board, in an effort to address any neighborhood concerns, responding quickly when any issues arise. With that in mind, I will work with my colleagues to advocate for Resorts World to receive one of the seven casino licenses, which will allow them to continue to succeed and grow as an economic driver for the Southern Queens community.

In these tough economic times, it is so important to protect the vital jobs and local revenue we already have; while giving businesses the tools they need to succeed. Presently, billions of dollars leave New York State to other gaming states like New Jersey and Pennsylvania and it’s about time that we invest in ourselves!

Enhanced gaming will allow New York State to compete and Resorts World New York at Aqueduct is the company and location to lead the charge!

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