The U.S. Attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York has "opened an investigation into Gov. Paterson's awarding of a lucrative contract to a politically connected group to run a gaming center at Aqueduct Raceway" as reported by Carl Campanile for the New York Post:
Paterson has come under fire by members of his own staff for awarding the contract to Aqueduct Entertainment Group, which includes Rev. Floyd Flake, whose political support the governor has been seeking. * * * The Aqueduct Entertainment Group announced Monday that the Darman Group -- headed by convicted criminal Darryl Greene -- would be removed as a key partner in the project. Greene has closes ties to Flake, the influential Queens preacher, and such politicians as state Senate President Malcolm Smith (D-Queens). One of the conditions in the legal memorandum of Understanding for the project bars people with criminal records from obtaining a gambling license. Green had been convicted of misappropriating $500,000 in government funds in 1999.