2012-09-21 / Community

Local Pols Benefit From Racino Support

While some politicians continue to call the Genting gambling Racino at Aqueduct Racetrack a positive factor in the community, many locals continue to knock the new facility for failing to hire the promised number of Queens residents and for bringing crime and traffic problems to the local communities.

There is no doubt that the gambling facility has generated more than $500 million in new tax revenue for New York State, much of it for education, but locals say that the money has not filtered down to the schools near the Racino, or even in New York City.

The two largest political supporters of the Racino are Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder and State Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr., both of whom represent the area where the Racino is located.

Records show, however, that Genting, the international gambling giant, and its executives have contributed $5,117 to Goldfeder and $14,300 to Addabbo since last December.

Resorts World, the Aqueduct Racino, hosted a fundraiser for Goldfeder in June, which pulled in nearly $3,000 for the Assemblyman’s war chest.

In addition, the State Racing Association donated $1,000 to Goldfeder this year.

Both Goldfeder and Addabbo told the Queens Tribune that their support of the Racino comes from the community’s support of the facility and not from the campaign contributions they received.

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