Senator Craig Johnson on NYRA
Senator Craig M. Johnson wrote the following letter to the Governor, seeking a summit with state officials, community leaders and representatives from the Shinnecock Indian Nation to discuss potential development at the Belmont Park Race Track.
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
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