The Times Union's James Odato - Aqueduct award investigation could reopen following Smith arrest

Apr 8, 2013

James Odato
Credit Times Union

Could last week’s arrest of New York State Senator Malcolm Smith of New York City revive a somewhat dormant investigation of possible wrongdoing in the awarding several years ago of a license to operate a racino at the Aqueduct Race Track in Queens? Several years back when Smith and several other Democrats had control of the senate, a bidding process was underway for the racino, a process that led to accusations of pay-to play by the Inspector General Joseph Frisch.

James Odato, who covers state politics for the Albany Times Union, tells WAMC's Brian Shields that Smith may now be willing to cooperate in reopening the investigation.