On Oct. 28, the Resort World racino at Aqueduct Racetrack opened to throngs of crowds in Ozone Park.
One of the government officials who was instrumental in guiding Resort World to its recent grand opening was Forest Hills state Sen. Joe Addabbo, who just this week talked about the importance the racino could have in the wider Queens community.
According to Addabbo, Resort World is capable of adding over $1 million per day into the state budget during a tough economic period.
In fact, the state Senator has made it clear that he would like to see Resort World gain full casino status, something that would have to be done through a constitutional amendment.
“Our state should no longer allow neighboring states to gain all that lost gaming revenue when its potential to affect our economy, education and local communities is seen as a more positive than negative proposition by our people,” Addabbo said.
Addabbo added that a public referendum on the amendment should be voted on after it passes the state legislature and is signed by the governor.
Ultimately, Addabbo said, Resort World should be used to help balance the state’s finances.
“The state legislature should ensure the balanced stability for the remainder of this year’s state budget, while also preparing to meet our fiscal obligations for next year,” he said.
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