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Your own private NYC OTB?

A bill backed by State Senate Republicans in New York would select a private operator in a competitive bidding process to run the former operations of the NYCOTB. But the bill has so far not been picked up by the Assembly and was not addressed by Governor Cuomo in his budget plan.

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The Takeout Is Too. Damn. High?

Is Thoroughbred racing a sport or a form of pari-mutuel wagering? Is it entertainment or gambling? The answer to both questions is “yes.” In the game of pari-mutuel wagering where it’s player vs. player instead of player vs. the house (as in Las Vegas or other casinos) discussions about how to make horse racing more […]

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Zorn: Cuomo Picks an Easy Target

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is being accused by Steve Zorn of picking low hanging fruit with his 2.75% surcharge in his must-read blog The Business of Racing. He calls the Governor out for his skirting of the “no new taxes” pledge by calling this a fee and picking on those who the public perceive […]

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NY Governor Cuomo proposes purse surcharge

Wanting to wipe out a recurring deficit by the State Racing and Wagering Board, Governor Cuomo has proposed a 2.75% state surcharge on purses for all horse races run in New York. As part of its overall 2011 budget plan released Feb. 1, Cuomo’s administration wants to ensure that those expenses are “fully borne by […]

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Newly-elected Governor Cuomo silent on racing industry

In newly-elected Governor Andrew Cuomo’s first State of the State address, he mentioned many things he plans to do during his administration: shut down 20% of state agencies, create property tax cap, reform campaign finance and legalize marriage for same-sex couples. But no where did he make a mention about New York horse racing industry. […]

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Cuomo, privatize the parlors!

After the demise of the NYC OTB earlier this week, Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo has to deal with a racing industry seriously in flux. An editorial in today’s New York Daily News suggests that the solution is for government to get out of the way and allow the private sector to take over. Will this work […]

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Cuomo foresees no legal challenges on pact

Governor-elect and current Attorney General Andrew Cuomo does not see any legal problems with a proposed casino on land that is now owned by a Wisconsin-based Indian tribe.

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