- The local Queens Courier notes that NYRA is "in limbo" regarding the selection of an operator to run the VLT parlor at Aqueduct.
Governor David Paterson is new to negotiations and has no prior involvement in any meetings concerning Aqueduct nor does his staff. Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and Senator Serphin Maltese met with Paterson to impress upon him that this is an important issue and his administration should move on it quickly. [Queens Courier]The governor is currently occupied with finalizing the state budget, which is four days late and counting. This is the first time in four years...that the deadline has been passed by more than 24 hours. [Daily Politics blog] The legislators will be spending the weekend in Albany, so don't expect to see Senator Bruno at the Wood.
One thing most people agree about the budget is that it's still too large, especially with some programs cut by Spitzer having been reinstated, and a perfectly sensible, in my opinion, 1% income tax increase on people making over a million bucks a year having been killed by Senater Republicans (it was also opposed by Paterson).
Hey, here's an idea to raise some more revenue - how about slots at Belmont? But I haven't read a single word of that issue still being alive.