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January 5, 2012

Belmont Is On Thin Ice


According to Newsday Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to build the nations largest convention center at Aqueduct Racetrack could put an end to the Belmont Entertainment Center plan.  The Governor wants to build a 3.8 million square foot convention center in Ozone Park, Queens and have and have Genting the company that built the racino pay for it.  Why would Genting do that?  The answer to that is simple Cuomo plans to make gambling legal and if Genting pays for the convention center they can make their Aqueduct racino a full class three casino.  If this happens this means that there is one less plan to keep the Islanders in the area.      
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to build the nation's largest convention center and possibly a casino at Aqueduct Racetrack would "effectively kill" plans for a Shinnecock Indian casino at Belmont Park , a Long Island state senator said Wednesday.

Cuomo's emphasis on Aqueduct, in nearby Ozone Park , Queens, "would make it less likely that a casino would be viable at Belmont, but certainly opens up all kinds of possibilities for redevelopment," said Sen. Jack Martins (R- Mineola ), who has pushed for a casino or other development at Belmont.
http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/infomo;JSESSIONID=71555F0A088F8529CAB1.3201?site=newsday&view=top_stories_item&feed:a=newsday_1min&feed:c=topstories&feed:i=1.3428996&part=0
Things are starting to look like Brooklyn or bust, but we will find out more in the next few weeks or months if Nassau, Queens, or Suffolk can pull an arena out of their hat and save the Islanders.  If it not it seems like Brooklyn or relocation is the teams only options.

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