Sunday, December 17, 2006

Fate of NYRA holds up VLT nod


SARATOGA SPRINGS - Gov. -elect Eliot Spitzer must act quickly to prevent possible interruptions in New York racing, Assembly Minori¬ty Leader James Tedisco said Fri¬day.A state ad hoc committee, includ¬ing Saratoga Springs Mayor Valerie Keehn, recently chose Excelsior Racing Associates as the firm best suited to run Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park and Aqueduct.But the final decision rests with the governor and state Legislature."We'll have a new governor and that governor is going to want to have something to say about this whole process," said Tedisco, R-Schenectady, whose district includes Saratoga Springs. "I'm hopeful that if he does interject himself and have some impact that he doesn't try to reinvent the wheel."New York Racing Association's franchise expires on Dec. 31, 2007, just over a year away. Excelsior and rival Empire Racing Associ¬ates are competing with NYRA for the next 20-year contract.The ad hoc committee has yet to file its final report with state law¬makers."I'm satisfied that the committee has done its job, the best they could possibly do," he said. "But then you have to read it and evaluate it. You can't just say, 'Yeah, you did a lot of hard work and accept it fully.' "

Another Pataki Legacy for Spitzer to deal with...........andy

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