The selection of a politically connected firm to operate video lottery terminals at a Queens racetrack drew fire last week, calling the transaction into question.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, said in a letter last week that the winning bidder, Aqueduct Entertainment Group, must meet a number of conditions before he will sign a memorandum of understanding. Among the conditions was an increase in the amount of an up-front payment to the state from $200 million to $300 million. Silver said the conditions are non-negotiable.

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