In a remarkable and brief exchange last night on the Senate floor, Sen. Greg Ball stood up as Senate Democrats raised questions about a tax abatement for a Long Island fire department that evolved into comments by Sen. Eric Adams, D-Brooklyn, about corruption.
Ball asked: “Just one quick question: What is the status of the investigation into the Aqueduct gaming scandal, the multi-billion-dollar bid rigging scheme?”
Jaws dropped, and then the outspoken Republican from Putnam County asked again:
“On the topic: the multi-billion-dollar- bid rigging scheme and the Aqueduct scandal that still is unresolved?. Just a quick status update on that because I see tonight that you’ve raised your interest in corruption.”
Ball was talking about the probe started last year involving some Senate Democrats from New York City over allegations that they steered a lucrative gaming contract for Aqueduct Race Track in Queens to a politically connected firm, Aqueduct Entertainment Group. Adams was named in the report last year by then-Inspector General Joseph Fisch.
Ball’s questions were quickly knocked down by Adams and Sen. Neil Breslin, D-Delmar, Albany County, who rose to say that “this discussion is not relevant.”
And Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-Rome, who was presiding, agreed, saying “Your point is well taken, and the question is non germane.”
Here’s the video.