Despite the support of prominent Republican officials and raising more than three times the amount compiled by his opponent, Anthony Como lost his bid for a state Senate seat to incumbent Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach), according to unofficial election results from NY1.
AEC, formerly known as Aqueduct Entertainment Group, sued the state in Schenectady Supreme Court – a suburb of Albany – after the Lottery decided not to grant the consortium a gaming license. Scrutiny of AEC intensified after it was awarded the VLT contract due to the involvement of influential southeast Queens minister the Rev. Floyd Flake, who had a 0.06 percent stake in the group.
Former City Councilman Anthony Como is accusing state Sen. Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), whom he is challenging this fall, of not standing up for the district he represents by not speaking out against the alleged leak of a memo by one of Addabbo’s colleagues about the video lottery terminal contract at Aqueduct.
State Sen. John Sampson (D-Brooklyn), the Democratic leader of the Senate, acknowledged sending a memo to a former colleague-turned-lobbyist representing Aqueduct Entertainment Group that led to AEG changing the terms of its bid for the video lottery terminal contract at Aqueduct.