Issues: Racing

SENATOR BONACIC ATTENDS THE GROUNDBREAKING OF A $40 MILLION EXPANSION AT EMPIRE CASINO RACEWAY

On July 26, 2011 New York State Senator John J. Bonacic attended the groundbreaking of a $40 million expansion project at Empire Casino Raceway in Yonkers, New York.  Senator Bonacic, second from left, said that "The job creation created by this investment is welcome both in New York State and the horse racing and entertainment industry.  I look forward to continuing to see our harness track properties grow with private sector development opportunity."

July 27, 2011
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SENATE GIVES FINAL LEGISLATIVE APPROVAL TO NYRA CALL CENTER BILL Bill Requires NYRA Call Centers to Be Located in New York State

    The New York State Senate gave final legislative approval to a measure that keeps jobs in New York by requiring racing and wagering call centers to be located in-state. The bill (S.4876), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), arises following a recent decision by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to locate it’s pari-mutel wagering call centers in Oregon.

June 22, 2011
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Senate Gives Final Legislative Passage to NYRA Call Center Bill

The New York State Senate today gave final legislative approval to a measure that keeps jobs in New York by requiring racing and wagering call centers to be located in-state. The bill (S.4876), sponsored by Senator Andrew Lanza (R-I, Staten Island), arises following a recent decision by the New York Racing Association (NYRA) to locate it’s pari-mutel wagering call centers in Oregon.

June 21, 2011
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Griffo and Magee to Push Racetrack Expansion Measures

Griffo and Magee to Push Measures to Expand Racetrack Operations in Upstate Counties

June 6, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, May 24, 2011 Room 510 LOB

May 24, 9:30 AM - 9:32 AM
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 6, 2011 Room 510 LOB

April 6, 10:00 AM - 10:03 AM
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Room 510 LOB

March 15, 9:30 AM - 9:34 AM
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering Senator John J. Bonacic, Chair 9:30 AM, Tuesday, March 8, 2011 Room 510 LOB

March 8, 9:30 AM - 9:43 AM
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Bolstering Belmont Now a NYRA Commitment

From the Elmont-Franklin Square Herald, a Richner Communications Newspaper

By Jackie Nash

New York Racing Association officials committed to investing in the revitalization of Belmont Park at a State Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee meeting Feb. 7. Sen. Jack Martins, a Republican from Elmont who advocated not only for improvements at Belmont but for revamping the Hempstead Turnpike corridor at the hearing, said the commitment was “a very positive step forward” toward developing Belmont’s south lot and improving the aging racetrack.

March 2, 2011
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Sen. Farley Hears Testimony on Racing in New York State

State Senator Hugh T. Farley (R, C, I - Schenectady) and other members of the Senate Committee on Racing & Wagering hold a hearing on the future of racing, gaming and wagering industries in New York State on Feb. 7th.

February 10, 2011
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ADDABBO: SENATE COMMITTEE HOLDS HEARING TO DETERMINE THE FUTURE OF HORSE RACING IN THE STATE AND AT AQUEDUCT

Queens, NY, February 7, 2010 -- The Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming & Wagering held a hearing in Albany on the future of horse racing and gaming in New York State.  Chaired by Senator John J. Bonacic (R-Middletown), the Senate panel included  Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr. (D-Queens), a member of the committee.    

February 8, 2011
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SENATE RACING COMMITTEE TO HOLD HEARING MONDAY

State Senator John J. Bonacic, Chairman of the Senate Racing Committee, Wagering & Gaming today described his goals for Monday’s Committee hearing on the future of racing, wagering and gaming in New York.

“I am looking forward to hearing what those who are most hands-on with the racing industry have to say about the sport’s future in New York,” Senator Bonacic said.

February 4, 2011
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Committee Meeting: Racing, Gaming and Wagering Meeting

Senate Committee on Racing, Gaming and WageringJohn J. BonacicTuesday, January 25th, 2011 9:30amRoom 123 Cap

January 25, 9:30 AM - 10:05 AM
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Public Hearing: To hear from interested parties on their views of the future of racing, wagering and gaming in New York State

Senate Standing Committee on Racing, Gaming and WageringChair: Senator John BonacicPublic Hearing: To hear from interested parties on their views of the future of racing, wagering and gaming in New York StatePlace: Hearing Room A, Legislative Office Building, 2nd Floor, Albany, New YorkTime: 10:30 A.M.Contact: Adam Richardson (518) 455-2406ORAL TESTIMONY BY INVITATION ONLY

February 7, 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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SENATOR NOZZOLIO TO SERVE ON NEW RACING TASK FORCE

SENATOR NOZZOLIO TO SERVE ON NEW RACING TASK FORCE

December 10, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Statewide Fiscal Impact Of NYC OTB Closure

Racing & Wagering Board Meets to Stop Fiscal Hemorrhage; GOP Vote Compromises 17,000 Jobs, $500 Million in Payments to OTBs Statewide and Raises State Deficit to $10 Billion

December 9, 2010
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Statement From Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson On Senate Session Tuesday, December 7th

I am calling the Senate back into session on Tuesday, December 7th to vote on the proposed reorganization of the New York City Off Track Betting Corporation. I have spoken to our colleagues across the aisle to urge bipartisan cooperation and action on this and other outstanding issues before the state, such as appropriating federal funding to keep our educators working. New York faces extraordinarily difficult times and tough choices, but the decision to meet our obligation and work together should be unanimous. In the past, when Democrats and Republicans have worked together, the results worked for New Yorkers. This week, we must once again push aside partisan divides and unite behind our shared responsibility to put the best interests of the people first.

December 2, 2010
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Senate Majority Conference Announces Its Acceptance Of The Division Of The Lottery’s Selection Of Genting New York To Operate VLTs At Aqueduct

Today, led by Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson, Senate Racing and Wagering Chair, Eric Adams, and Senator Joseph Addabbo, Jr., the Senate Majority Conference announced its acceptance of the Division of the Lottery’s selection of Genting New York to operate the Video Lottery Terminals (VLTs) at Aqueduct Racetrack. “Nothing is more important than creating jobs. The acceptance of Genting puts New York on the fast track to rebuild our local and state economy through sound economic development and immediate and long-term job creation,” said Senate Majority Conference Leader John L. Sampson. 

August 10, 2010
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