It’s heavy lifting, but if you want to get a little insight on the corrupt “pay to play” system that runs state government, take a look at the 308-page Inspector General’s report on how money was used to influence the selection of the Aqueduct Entertainment Group for contracts supply the video slot machines at Aqueduct Race Track.
Nobody looks good in this. Among the findings:
The Inspector General finds that the selection of a VLT operator at Aqueduct Racetrack by the Governor, the Speaker of the Assembly, and the President of the Senate (the “three men in a room”) mandated by Tax Law § 1612, as implemented resulting in the January 29, 2010 selection of Aqueduct Entertainment Group (AEG), created a politically dominated process antithetical to the public interest and contrary to acceptable procurement practices. Virtually every individual involved in the selection from the decision makers to the bidders to the retained lobbyists described the process as devoid of discernible rules and “chaotic.”