- DRF Bets
- Handicapping & PPsHorsemen's ProductsReports
Access past performances
- The Wizard
- DRF Gameplan
- Quick Sheets
- DRF Picks
- Today's Racing Digest
- Key Race Report
- Positive ROI Report
- Moss Pace Figure Reports
- Debut Reports
- WE Handicapping Report
- Clocker Reports
Racing and Wagering InformationTools
- DRF EasyForm PPs
- DRF Classic PDF PPs
- DRF Formulator PPs
- DRF HarnessEye PPs
- DRF Daily Harness Program PPs
- Daily Racing Program PPs
- NewsCategoriesTrack Notes
- StorePast PerformancesHarness PPsPackagesDRF PlusREPORTSPICKS
Governor vetoes New York City offtrack betting proposal
By Matt Hegarty
Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York on Monday vetoed a bill that would have allowed Catskill Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation to resurrect offtrack wagering in New York City's five boroughs.
Cuomo exercised the veto on a piece of legislation passed this summer at the behest of unions representing former workers of New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation, which closed at the end of 2010. Cuomo had never expressed any support for the legislation, which would have closed the door on attempts by the New York Racing Association - now under state control - to open parlors in the city.
Cuomo has said that the state needs to overhaul its gambling laws in anticipation of efforts to legalize additional casinos in New York. In addition, New York City's mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has said that he did not support efforts to reopen offtrack betting parlors in the city without changes to state law.
Earlier this year, Cuomo pushed for legislation giving the state the power to appoint a majority of directors on the New York Racing Association's board. The board met for the first time last week, and the association is expected to explore its options for operating OTB in New York City over the next year.
They should put a few slot machines in OTB. Take sport betting. Get someone that knows how to run it OTB can bring in millions.
otb is a joke....going to the track is bad enough....keep it closed for good please..lower the take out..that's progress..
The state now in charge of the NYRA will doubtlessly consider its options for operating OTB in New York City as well as the NYRA paying for the cost of OTB health benefits, which is in one's mind an ethical solution to an unethical problem, OTB health benefits nullification.
Good ,not needed rude tellers awfull service. What happened to the 1% that was assesed to the betters to keep it open ? I never forgot and do not play in NY any more .Lots of tracks with lower takeout and better quality of races less md, less state breds less restricted races Lone time player Joe
Governor Cuomo made the right decision. OTB's since their inception have been noting but a parasite on the horse racing industry and a public trough for local politicians. If anyone is to establish modern betting facilities in NYC it should be the operator of the racing industry which puts on the show in New York. Let's do it right this time.
Cuomo is a disgrace! Its a one way street and he's a clown. Enjoy the final Aqueduct meet.
In the last sentence, shouldn't "over the next year" be placed right after "its options?" Since state laws amending gambling have to come first, one assumes that no entity will be operating an OTB in NYC over the next year.
The problem here eludes me, like doesn't anyone in New York City know how to take bets?
Why don't they just sell self bet machine to bars? Place them all over the city with ticket cashing machine like the casinos have. No employees, just mechanics to service the machines.
Govenor Cuomo is a chip of the old block, his Father should be very proud of his son for displaying the courage it takes to Govern. Hooray for Govenor Cuomo. God Bless you and your family.
- 1.Posted 12/10/2013 02:23PM
- 2.Posted 12/09/2013 01:54PM
- 3.Posted 12/10/2013 02:25PM
- 4.Posted 12/10/2013 01:46PM
- 5.Posted 12/10/2013 01:42PM