In 2008, New York State provided the New York Racing Association (NYRA)
nearly $105 million in funding and forgave nearly $100 million in outstanding debt to enable the
association to emerge from bankruptcy and continue racing operations. After stating in mid-
2009 that it was financially stable, NYRA announced in December that unless a Video Lottery
Terminal (VLT) operator were selected shortly, the association would become insolvent. This
hearing will determine the accuracy of NYRAs declaration and investigate the basis for
Using the oversight functions afforded them, the committees will gauge not only NYRAs
viability, but also that of New Yorks racing industry as a whole. The New York State handle on
horse racing has been so reduced that now it is only 26.8% of the handle thirty years ago. The
committees seek explanations for this trend and suggestions for reversing it.
To meet the needs of individuals with a disability, the New York State Senate has made its
facilities and services available to all persons with disabilities, and accommodations will be
provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Senate
facilities and activities.
Questions about this hearing may be directed to Kent Sopris at 518-455-2622 or Cari
Abatemarco at 518-455-2618.