Senator Adams opens a public hearing on "The Future of NYC OTB" on August 25, 2009

August 28, 2009

NYS Senator Eric Adams, Chair of the Committee on Racing, Gaming and Wagering, holds a public hearing entitled “The Future of New York City OTB.”  The hearing examined the circumstances that have led to the current financial crisis at NYC OTB and initiate a dialogue on processes that can repair the corporation and get it back “on track.”

Senator Adams’ statement:  “During the almost forty-year history of New York State off-track betting, New York City has become the leading betting region in the state, with a handle closing in on $1 billion. As elements in a public benefit corporation, regional OTB locations, including those in New York City, provide both state and local government with millions of dollars in revenue to help mitigate the cost of essential projects.

“In the years since the inception of the Off-Track Betting Corporation, the economic landscape of New York has changed dramatically, and the future of New York City’s OTB is now in jeopardy.  On the verge of bankruptcy, NYC OTB was taken over in 2008 by New York State, which hoped to rescue the corporation from financial ruin.  

“My Committee is seeking input from the public regarding the following:• Has New York City’s OTB effectively fulfilled its mission to raise revenue in service of its community?• What legislative actions have been beneficial to OTB and the State in the past? • What actions should the legislature and other agencies take to ensure OTB survival?The hearing to investigate these and related questions will take place on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 from 1 – 3 pm in the Hearing Room at 250 Broadway, New York, NY 10007.”

Date/Time:   Tuesday, August 25, 2009, from 1 – 3 pmLocation:  Hearing Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY, 10007  Attending:     Frank Patone, Audit Program Director, NYS Office of the Comptroller Dino Amoroso, President, Nassau OTBMartin Kinsella, Executive Director, NYS Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund Corp.Joseph Faraldo, President, Standardbred Owners’ AssociationPeter Venaglia, Vice-President, Standardbred Owners’ AssociationPeter Goold, Executive Director Agriculture and NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund Representatives from DC37, Local 2021, and NYC OTB