12/11/2014 11:36AM

NYRA hires FBI's Venizelos as VP of security

George Venizelos

The New York Racing Association has hired George Venizelos as its new vice president of security. He will begin his new position Jan. 26.

Venizelos, 54, is currently the assistant director in charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s New York division. He oversees all FBI operations in New York City as well as those at La Guardia and John F. Kennedy airports.

Prior to his appointment to the FBI's New York division in October 2012, Venizelos served as special agent in charge of the Philadelphia division.

At NYRA, Venizelos will be in charge of all uniformed and investigative security personnel and will plan and execute security for special events such as the Belmont Stakes.

"The addition of George Venizelos further reflects the New York Racing Association's continued success in attracting the finest talent to our management team," said Christopher Kay, chief executive and president of NYRA.

Sid Anthony, the former vice president of security for NYRA, left in November after his contract was not renewed. Donald Egan is serving on an interim basis.