New York: Jockey Injury Fund Legislation Vetoed By Governor

by | 11.30.2016 | 10:51am
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed proposed legislation that would permit the New York Jockey Injury Compensation Fund to consider alternate coverage options for its workers compensation program.

The Blood-Horse reports that Cuomo issued a statement giving his reasoning behind the veto, saying that the legislation “does not provide an appropriate solution to controlling workers' compensation costs and instead decreases workers' compensation protections for workers.”

According to the Blood-Horse, had it been approved, the new measure would have provided owners and trainers with more options to try and control workers compensation costs. One such option would been the creation of a ‘self-insurance' program.

The proposed legislation would have also expanded who would be able to qualify for coverage. The current fund, which is limited to licensed jockeys, exercise riders, and apprentice jockeys. The new proposal would include “licensed employees of licensed trainers” (assistant trainers, grooms, hotwalkers, etc).

Read more in the Blood-Horse

  • Will Styles

    Typical liberal, he wants the government in every aspect of a persons life.

    • Michael Castellano

      Republican conservatives and their alt-right racists have no intention of limiting government. They have steady increased the power of the government apparatus while pretending to be against it. The real issue is whose interests does the government serve? Wall Street or the average citizen? Both parties serve Wall Street and the Military Industrial Complex. They just pander to different voting blocks, while working to divide both groups against each other. And Cuomo is no different than most Republicans on most issues.

      • WMK

        Thank you Mike. I think we’ve discussed this before. Since hashtags are so popular these days I have a proposition for a new grass roots movement. #Tarandfeatherthemall. Has a ring, don’t you think?

        • Michael Castellano

          LOL!

          • Chris Lowe

            PETA would be after us again #feathersarepeopletoo.

        • Lawrence R

          Why do you want to tar and feather the mall. Especially with all the Christmas shopping coming up?

          • WMK

            Chuckles Larry. Your point is well taken. Mia culpa.

      • SPA

        What exactly about this is alt-right (whatever that means) and what is racist? Just the facts man.

        • Michael Castellano

          Read the post carefully. It describes the political groups behind the mislabeling of terms to mislead and confuse people. The ones that turned being progressive or “liberal” into a dirty word. Alt-right refers to the white supremacist forces which are being made main stream by our current president elect.

          • SPA

            I read Will Styles post, you’re inventing things. Nothing in his post is racist nor is it white supremacist. I also read the story again, who are the alt-rights or racists in the story??The owners and trainers??Just because you say it doesn’t make it so.There is NOTHING racist about the story.

          • Michael Castellano

            Did NOT say he was racist. That is what the racist groups for Trump call themselves, alt-righters. They and the regular Republicans are always blaming “big government” for the problems caused by BOTH parties.

          • Lawrence R

            I’m confused. I thought the article was about accident Insurance for jockeys and working people at the N.Y. race tracks. Where did it leave the rails?

          • Michael Castellano

            My bad. I just can’t resist commenting when someone blames “big government” and liberals for all the country’s problems. Both parties are in reality run by Wall Street types. And in practice support big government for the rich against everyone else.

          • SPA

            Can you show us all where he blamed “all the problems” on liberals? You are putting words in people’s mouths. Did you just get a new brown shirt? No matter if you like it or not we all have a right to free speech. He really pushed your button with just a few words…if his opinion is different than yours so be it, it makes the world go around.

          • WMK

            @SPA, I don’t like to get too involved with politics publicly however the original poster did say “typical liberal” and that also had nothing to do with the article and by the way Michael also has a right to free speech and his opinion. Speaking for myself I wish people could comment on issues that don’t directly involve ideology without the labels. When they do it’s open season.

            Speaking for myself I’m both Liberal and on occasion Conservative and then again neither so I get hammered from both sides. I know where Michael Castellano’s head is at and I tend to agree with him. And an oh by the way…….personally speaking I think Cuomo is a hack just like his father.

          • SPA

            I agree he said liberal, but how is that racist or alt-right? It’s simply not. While everyone has a right to free speech people, not everyone has a right to their own facts and what was originally said has nothing to do with race.

            On your Cuomo comment, you are correct, but what politician isn’t?

          • WMK

            @SPA, when people interject their political opinions and/or bias these public conversations go off the track. I had discourse with Michael before the election on this site and we more or less agreed with one another about the current state of politics as well as the upcoming election. You mentioned nobody has a right to their “own facts” and I corrected someone above and did so respectfully (no Hillary didn’t coin the term Alt-Right).

            Yes Michael Castellano went overboard with his caustic “Alt-Right” comments however the body of his post (I feel) is accurate and well taken. They all stink and benefit by dividing the public and reducing discourse to the level of 1st graders. I’m adamant and advocate that all elections be publicly funded. The two party “system” likes the present situation just fine and dandy. It is up to the people to realize how screwed up it is and demand it be changed. When millions show up in Washington DC and I’m talking of all colors and opinions they might hear us but until then all you and I will read is petty name calling online squabbles.

          • Lehane

            Agree. The dialogue sure has gone off the topic.

          • WMK

            It certainly has. The funny thing is that I almost always understand an opposing opinion to mine regardless of which side of an issue I might be on. I know I get it right when both extremes attack me. Oh well, welcome to the internet.

          • SPA

            You still haven’t answered the question. You bought up the word racist and alt-right. What does that have to do with the story or with Will Styles comment?? Bait and switch.

          • lastromantibune

            mike ..Hillary came up with the nonsense “alt right”…crying out loud there are not untold thousands of KLANSMEN RUNNING AMOK….to be honest there are more loony’s on the left than the right…who’s shooting and killing police ? you think the majority are on the “alt right” ?…hmm

          • WMK

            @lastomantibune, WRONG! White supremacist Richard Spencer coined the term “Alternative Right.” Google it. As far as there being more “loony lefts” or more “loony rights” who cares? As far as who kills and threatens the police more call it a tie. Can’t we all just be friends?

          • tony a

            Well you just exposed yourself because of course your sure where the alt-right phrase came from but as to who’s killing the police your willing to call it a tie, how nice, too bad it takes away from some of the reasonable things you said.

          • WMK

            Tony, you’re one angry guy. Exposed? Me or you? Attacking everybody who you label Liberal, Democrat, or Communist because you disagree with them says more about you than anybody else. Having a different opinion than you do doesn’t make everybody else the enemy. Perhaps the person you hate the most is yourself.

          • tony a

            No I’m not angry, hate hippocracy. Arrivederci!

          • lastromantibune

            omg you are spewing more horse poop than the total of AQ’s LAST RACE. TOO BAD…THE HAG LOST.

          • tony a

            You turned liberal and progressive into dirty words but what they really are is even worse, communists.

      • tony a

        Unlike others here I’ll go straight at you, alt-right.. You picked up another Democrat talking point which means you have no mind of your own, that’s why guys like Coumo do things for you because they feel your to stupid. As far as your racist quip, again another bull talking point, you are the racist! Always using polarizing verbage like a çrutch that apparently you need to get thru life. Get lost!

        • Michael Castellano

          Your so brave and tough, aren’t you? You don’t know me or my politics, and I can only crudely guess about yours. I am no Democrat. Don’t like Hillary, didn’t support her, but Trump is an obvious fascist. If you can’t see that, or the numerous Nazi and racist groups that supported him, or understand his own statements, no words from me will convince you he’s not the second coming. Trumps own chief advisor is an avowed racist and worked for a racist magazine. So was his appointee for Attorney General. Why not spend 10 minutes and do some research instead of blowing off hot air.

          • tony a

            You are an all out Dem. or liberal, communist, I know your politics and research I do and only read the rags where you do your research for laughs. Brave, now I wouldn’t say something that should be reserved for heroic acts but I’m not scared of you and people like you who by the way only have guts when they’re in a crowd. Aqu,Belmont or Saratoga come say hello.

          • Michael Castellano

            The inmates are now running the insane asylum. Heaven help us.

  • Hamish

    Dated November 28, 2016 in Veto #238 of House Bill 7731-A, Governor Cuomo does make a legitimate observation when he says, “There are more effective approaches to managing risk in the Thoroughbred industry, such as vesting control of the JICF in the race track operators that oversee the working conditions of the covered employees.” The racetrack is ultimately responsible for what happens on its property, so why not let them take responsibility for managing the risk? New safety protocols, especially during morning workouts, might help lower the risk of accidents and injury.

    • ben

      Jock,s and excercise riders are mostly independend contractors, so they need to take care for insurance in their group. It,s risky buisiness, so a costly insurance is just part of the deal. No need to spread out the costs, among a group of people with significant less risks

      • lastromantibune

        always thought that the jocks should bear the most of the burden

  • Exhausted Race Fan

    MY horse ran in NY 4 times. I just received my $1500 Jockey Insurance Compensation Fund Premium for 2016. That $1500 will include my last funds towards the PDJF also. When it’s mandated to go to one place it must come from somewhere else.

  • SPA

    One thing to always keep in mind when it comes to Cuomo, he, like his father, DESPISES horse racing.

    • Hamish

      Or, does he just despise the people that have always controlled racing in NY? The old blue bloods from KY & NY, those that have always ruled the roost in NY horse circles are not Andrew’s, nor were they Mario’s cup of tea. Governor Cuomo might readily accept the power of the NY horse industry if it were in different hands. This seems to be where his administration is headed.

      • SPA

        You have a point, however he and his father have refused just about every invitation to present the trophy at the Belmont Stakes. Martin O’Malley, when governor or Maryland, presented the trophy at the Preakness and I’d say he and Andrew are aligned politically. Furthermore check Andrew’s net worth….like every other politician he’s loaded.

  • Rufusous

    This is the same man who created his Moreland Commission to stop political corruption in New York State and had appointed approximately half the members to it’s board. He then, chose to disband his created commission, when it was revealed and focused on by the media that ol’ Andrew had given very large real estate owners and developers in Manhattan huge tax break ……. who just happened by coincidence, mind you, just happened to make large contributions to ol’ Andrew’s re-election campaign fund ….. ala quid pro quo. Who says Andrew doesn’t know what he’s doing, or is just another corrupt New York politician ………. certainly not moi

    • Mike Oliveto

      You are 100% correct.

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