This is a part of Cuomo’s recommendation to grow gambling in New York in order to generate more state tax revenues and create more jobs.
The proposed convention center would be nearly 4 million square-feet and cost $4 billion to build. It would replace the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, which is considered too small and plain for Manhattan. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said giving his city a larger convention center would help draw in more visitors.
“Aqueduct would probably make a decent location,” he said.
Cuomo also said New Yorkers may soon approve a constitutional amendment to have Atlantic-City style casinos that are not on Indian reservations.
The Aqueduct expansion would put the property in a good position for the private-sector casinos that would be allowed by the constitutional amendment.