The following statement by Howard Glaser, Cuomo's operations director, was released in an email last night by his spokesman

Joshua Vlasto. "To expand on the Governor's comments on the state's plan for a new convention center, the current situation is as follows. A new world class convention center is essential for the state's economic growth as the Javits Center is non-competitive for the largest trade shows and it hasn't been for a long time. This has been realized for decades but not resolved. As first announced nearly five months ago, the Administration has been negotiating with Genting to build a convention center at the current Aqueduct racino. Those conversations have not produced a resolution that is satisfactory for the state and are made difficult by the lack of certain ty about the future of casinos in New York. During this period, we have also been meeting with other national and international gaming and development companies with many exciting and competitive possibilities. From a process perspective, the clearest way forward appears to be a single international competition once the fate of the casino legislation and referendum has been determined. There is no doubt from our casino and mega convention attractive opportunity for would have an abundance of discussions that a New York City metro area center franchise is a most desirable and the biggest developers in the world and the state exciting options.

Making these decisions without knowing the outcome of the casino laws is difficult for all involved, Planning and developing a comprehensive statewide approach would also allow the state to develop a coordinated plan that addresses the related issues like NYRA's role and relationship in the new gaming world. We are working through these issues and will update as relevant."

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