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Queens Casino Escorted to Back Room, Hands Hammered

It only took one day for our fearless leaders to crap all over that Shinnecock Indian plan for a $1.4 billion casino at the Aqueduct Racetrack in eastern Queens, which is about what we expected. Still, the thought of taking the A Train out to a Mohegan Sun-like oasis of gambling and debauchery remains appealing to us, and mostly likely anyone with a pulse. But it's not appealing to Mayor Bloomberg: "[I] have always thought that gambling tends to be regressive, and I've not exactly been in favor of using it as an economic development model." OK, fair enough, but Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was a little more harsh: "I have no indication that it's real." Burn! Five other companies are bidding on the track, and we can't really bring ourselves to care about any of them.
· Aqueduct casino plan not in cards, say politicans [NYDN]
· A Huge Casino in Queens? [Curbed]