12/17/2012 6:18PM

Governor vetoes New York City offtrack betting proposal


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.