Of the 8700 layoffs of state employees announced by Governor Paterson, six are from the Racing and Wagering Board. So if New York is serious about stepping up its efforts to clean up the game, it will have to do so with less manpower.
- The state took over New York City OTB last June, and the operation continues to lose money according to the NY Daily News.
"We really need to reexamine it," said Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), chairman of the Racing & Wagering Committee. "Is it they're not making money or are we overtaxing them?"Does Senator Adams really need to ask that question?
- With Monticello Raceway having been reported to be on the brink, and with Louis Cappelli's plan to relocate the track at a lavishly rebuilt Concord on hold due to economic conditions, Cappelli and Monticello owner Empire Resorts announced a new deal late last month to keep the current racetrack open....AND proceed with a somewhat scaled down Concord project which would also include a track and racino. So, let's get this straight. The area is having trouble supporting one racetrack and slots parlor (the only one in the state to see a gambling decline this year), so instead, they'll have two just a few miles apart. Only in New York. The Times Herald Record reports today that the St. Regis Mohawk tribe, rebuffed in their efforts to build a full-blown casino at the Monticello track last year, are prepared to give it another shot.
- Republican Jim Tedisco, who resigned from his post as Assembly Minority Leader last week, leads Democrat Scott Murphy by 17 votes - from over 154,000 cast - in the latest tally on the 20th CD special election posted on the NY State Board of Elections website. Despite a report that renowned Republican dirty trickster Roger Stone was spotted at Tedisco's HQ, both the campaign and Stone deny that he's involved (yuk yuk).
- The Rangers took full advantage of a tired and injury-depleted Montreal Canadians squad and posted a well-earned 3-1 victory here at the Garden last night. The Broadway Blueshirts can earn their 4th consecutive playoff berth with a win over the Orange Crud at home tomorrow night. Much-maligned captain Chris Drury gave the home team some breathing room with his second tally of the night.