12/06/2012 5:30PM

New York OTB bill sent to Gov. Cuomo


A bill that would grant Catskill Off-Track Betting Corporation the legal right to operate OTB parlors in New York City’s five boroughs was sent to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday, but it is unlikely that the bill will receive his endorsement, according to racing officials.

A spokesperson for Cuomo, Rich Azzopardi, said on Thursday that the bill was “under review.” Azzopardi would not directly comment on Cuomo’s opinion on the bill.

The bill was passed this summer, largely at the behest of legislators whose constituents include the heads of unions whose members lost their jobs when New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation shut down late in 2010. Catskill OTB is headquartered in upstate New York.

Cuomo has 10 days to sign, veto, or ignore the bill. When the bill was passed, it was noted that the state legislature had not consulted Cuomo administration officials prior to approving the legislation. Controversial legislation typically requires a pre-existing agreement between the three bodies to get ultimate approval.

Also, since the bill was passed, the state, under a plan pushed by Cuomo, has taken control of the board of the New York Racing Association, which is eager to open OTBs in New York as a complement to its three Thoroughbred tracks. Meanwhile, the city itself has been wary of opening the five boroughs up to another OTB operation without changes to state law.

mikey More than 1 year ago
Get back Hazel Duke's to run it.Maybe the only one who could let a sure thung fail.The clerks were as rude as they were over paid.They deserve to walk the streets until they wear out the concret.Let a private company run it and they will make out very well.
Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Lived in NY from 1977 to 1993. The OTB's were filthy, and run by idiots. All tellers were rude. They deserve what they got. Funny, how a monolopy in a city of 10MM can not make money.
Marc Strominger More than 1 year ago
Only corrupt and incompetent politicians with their cronies could cause otb to fail; One year they took in 1Billion dollars in handle.