ALBANY – The feds are trying to get losing bidders in the Aqueduct racino deal to dish about the chaotic process that led to the selection of a politically tied group, the Daily News has learned. One losing contender said the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office contacted his group this week – the latest twist in the mushrooming scandal. “The guy said, ‘We’re contemplating a further inquiry into the racino bid process: If we go ahead with that, would you guys be willing to cooperate with us?'” the bidder disclosed. “We said that it wasn’t much of a process, but, yes, if you ask us to, of course we’d cooperate.” Prosecutors recently subpoenaed the state Lottery Division for documents related to the Aqueduct project bid process, although aides to Gov. Paterson insist the probe is unrelated to the racino deal. A spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office wouldn’t confirm or deny the existence of an investigation into Aqueduct. Outraged bidders who lost out to Aqueduct Entertainment Group describe a rudderless selection system that made a mockery of the whole deal. Gov. Paterson picked AEG just days after one key investor,the politically influential Queens Rev. Floyd Flake, left open the possibility of… Read full this story
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