Aqueduct developer awards more local bids

The bids just keep on coming.

Local Queens subcontractors are in business as three additional construction bids were awarded to two local businesses for the construction of the new casino at the Aqueduct Racino in South Ozone Park, Resorts World New York announced on Tuesday, February 15.

“Queens needs revenue and for this reason, we are fully committed to awarding construction bids to as many local businesses as possible,” said Michael Speller, presidents of Resorts World New York. “This casino will fill two crucial needs. Not only will Resorts World New York create a tremendous facility that will generate considerable revenue for Ozone Park, New York City and New York State, but the casino will also help revitalize and ultimately stabilize Queens businesses and economy.”

The subcontractors that received the new bid packages are Five Star Electric, which was awarded $19.2 million to provide electric work; and WDF Inc., which was awarded $6.8 million in one bid for plumbing and $25.1 million in another to provide heating, ventilating and air-conditioning work.

All told, Tutor-Perini, the general contractor on the project, has awarded nearly $135 million to city subcontractors.

“We are just so excited that Resorts World New York is following through on its promises to Ozone Park businesses,” said Larry Roman, chairman and CEO of WDF, Inc. “At a time when Queens so desperately needs revenue, it is a blessing to have such a great project for so many of our local businesses to work on. Ozone Park is home to some of the finest construction businesses in the world, and for that reason, I have no doubt that Resorts World New York is going to be a first-class facility that will benefit the entire region.”

Once fully operational, Resorts World New York is expected to permanently employ more than 900 workers in the entertainment, hospitality, security and food-service fields, provide $300 million in annual revenue for the state and give New York City its first ever casino.

Resorts World New York plans to continue its expansive outreach for community participation on the project. Information on further bid packages and permanent employment will be announced in the coming weeks at www.rwnewyork.com.

“Resorts World is thrilled with the work our subcontractors have down thus far,” said Speller. “Once this project is completed, it will be a facility that all of Queens will be very proud of.”

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