04/29/2013 4:56PM

NYRA names interim management team


The New York Racing Association’s board of directors on Monday approved an interim management team of three of its top officials as the organization continues to conduct a search for a chief executive officer.

Susanne Stover, NYRA’s chief financial officer, David O’Rourke, NYRA’s vice president of corporate development, and Glen Kozak, NYRA’s vice president of racing surfaces and facilities were approved on Monday as the three-person team.

The triumvirate is expected to fill in for Ellen McClain, NYRA’s chief operating officer, whose last day at NYRA was scheduled to be Tuesday. McClain has been acting as the de facto chief executive of NYRA since the association’s board fired former CEO Charles Hayward nearly a year ago.

The board voted to install the management team as of May 1 and until a new chief executive is brought on board. A formal search for a CEO began earlier this year, and NYRA’S chairman, David Skorton, said at the Monday meeting that interviews with individual candidates are expected to begin this week.

NYRA’s Belmont Park will host the third leg of the Triple Crown, the Belmont Stakes, on June 8.

Bruce Epstein More than 1 year ago
Lets see, all nice and good people, but how does VP of racing surfaces, know any of the isues with how NYRA treats their bettors? Big and I mean BIG re-vamping of customer service is necessary, as todays bettor has some money and not likely to want to be trated like most tracks treat people. Perfect expample is here in Jacksonville, FL where the management team treats all players like 10 Cent players. No respect for true handicapper who plays big. I starating to feel our game is over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Start interviewing this week? They didn't see this coming I suppose.
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
The only thing I know for sure is the decrepit condition if Aqueduct will never improve. They are jamming every one on the first floor . I know people are betting and leaving early to avoid the jams with few betting machine and tellers. Many people are saying Aqueduct will no longer be around in three-four years. The cost to renovate and maintain is too great
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They don't have the second floor opened during the Belmont & Saratoga meets? I saw an article that they have asbestos issues with the construction of the new simulcasting area called "long shots" on the second floor. This could be the reason.
Charles Levy More than 1 year ago
Track will have to stay open !!! No track no casino !!!
Raymond Hackinson More than 1 year ago
The second floor where the bar used to be is gutted. but they knew long ago it would be a major project. They've had asbestos warning signs up for the longest time. Even without the 2nd floor being used, I bet it will still not be ready by the late fall re-opening
wolves More than 1 year ago
I'll take 2/5 that none of the 3 officials knows what takeout is, much less given any thought to lowering it.
Dennis Atkinson More than 1 year ago
> I'll take 2/5 that none of the 3 officials knows what takeout is Uh, takeout? Oh, right, that's the cut we take from the horseplayers, who will keep coming back no matter what we do to them or how badly we treat them.
Anil More than 1 year ago
Nathan More than 1 year ago