06/20/2012 3:35PM

NYRA takeover bill advances


A bill giving New York politicians control over the New York Racing Association’s board of directors passed unanimously out of the state Assembly on Wednesday and was sent to the Senate, where it is expected to pass without any significant opposition before the legislature’s scheduled adjournment Thursday.

The bill will dissolve NYRA’s current 25-member board and replace it with a 17-member slate. Under the bill, Gov. Andrew Cuomo will receive eight appointments to the new board, and the leadership of the state’s Assembly and Senate will receive two appointments each. NYRA would receive the other five appointments.

A separate bill that would allow Catskill Off-Track Betting Corporation to take over OTB operations in New York City’s five boroughs had not been heard in the Assembly as of late Wednesday afternoon. The bill is not expected to generate wide support.