Resorts World gambling club has “headed out in different directions” from its security chief Timothy Pearson subsequent to learning the long-term buddy of Mayor Eric Adams had a second paid gig with the city.
The betting organization affirmed Pearson’s takeoff on Sunday, following the disclosure last week that their top security official was filling in as a public wellbeing guide to the chairman while getting compensated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation.
Pearson’s gig with the city’s monetary improvement arm raised morals worries as Resorts World is looking to grow its betting tasks in Queens.
A source acquainted with the matter let The Post Sunday know that Pearson, who worked with Adams during their days at the NYPD, never illuminated his supervisors that he was working two jobs and getting compensated by EDC.
Organization metal knew that Pearson, the security chief at Resorts World for quite a long time, had filled in as a neglected counsel in Adams’ change group as the chairman ready to enter City Hall in January, as per the source. Pearson was recruited by EDC on May 31.
“Tim is a recognized legend who served the City for a long time as a pioneer at NYPD,”
Resorts World said in a proclamation on Sunday.
“Tim utilized those equivalent abilities to protect our office and local area for north of 10 years. We support his choice to loan his skill to the City in its quest for making our roads more secure, and we hope everything turns out great for him.”
Resorts World is expected to apply for one of three new downstate casino licenses, which would allow it to expand its slots operation attached to the Aqueduct Raceway in Queens to also offer wagers on table games.
That made Pearson’s dual role untenable, the insider said.
Casino operators and developers have been lobbying Adams, who will have a say on where a gaming house is located. They are also attempting to woo Gov. Kathy Hochul, whose administration will play a big role in the process.
Under state law, a local siting board will be activated in an area where a casino is being proposed or expanded. The board — which includes the mayor, borough president, council member, state senator and state assembly person — has power to block or approve the new casino licenses.
Resorts World, which is part of the Malaysian-based casino giant Genting, has operated a slots parlor at the Aqueduct racetrack for more than a decade. Its long-term plans have always envisioned an expansion to offer table games at Aqueduct.
Council Speaker Adrienne Adams — whose district includes Resorts World at Aqueduct — has sent a letter to the state Gaming Commission in support of the casino firm’s desire for a new license to expand its operations there.
While EDC has no formal role in the regulatory or selection process, it could offer City Hall input on casino proposals.
Pearson’s unusual dual public-private raised questions about running afoul of the city’s conflict of interest law, absent a waiver.
“Full-time public servants may not work for any company or not-for-profit organization that has ‘business dealings’ with any City agency, unless they receive written permission from their agency head and the Board,”
according to guidance posted on the website of the city’s ethics watchdog, the Conflicts of Interest Board.
In a statement on Sunday, City Hall lauded Pearson as having had
“a long and distinguished career in both the public and private sectors, where he has spent decades keeping New Yorkers safe and creating security plans that have protected millions.”
“New Yorkers are lucky he chose to do the job for months without being paid a single dollar, and that he has now chosen to focus all his efforts solely on our city’s public safety and COVID recovery efforts,”
said Adams spokesman Fabien Levy.
Pearson, who is retired from the NYPD, was recognized for responding to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Adams on Friday defended EDC’s hiring of his pal.
“If you know someone that’s qualified, like Tim Pearson — former inspector in the Police Department; a hero during 9/11, he was in the buildings when the buildings collapsed, instead of fleeing, he went back to help,”