Catching up a bit, Comptroller Tom DiNapoli says it could take up to a year to complete his audit of NYRA. Of course, if the election results in Massachusetts are any indication, by next January, DiNapoli, up for re-election in November, and his fellow Albany Democrats may have been driven clear out of the country, maybe to Canada or some other godforsaken place with - gasp - universal healthcare; and left affairs to the Republicans, who could very well award the Big A racino to Pfizer.
I dunno, and I don't mean to go off on a tangent or anything, but it just seems to me that when Democrats lose, they're like, oh, yeah, slow down, ooo, it's a wake-up call, we get the message. But when Republicans lose, they're like, oh yeah? Well, fuck you and the votes you rode in on, we're gonna try and obstruct the entire agenda on which you and your clear majorities in the House and Senate were elected, bipartisanship, are you kidding me? And whatsmore, we'll just stand idly by as loonies, morons, and racists succeed in framing the debate with their lies and distortions and slogans for an electorate not the least bit interested in a meaningful discussion of the issues! I've only seen such visceral hatred for a president in cases when he was sending young men off to wars of questionable necessity. This guy was only trying to do something about healthcare. For God's sake.
Oh, am I off the topic? Sorry! The topic is Crap, specifically the horse manure that NYRA is accused of dumping into Jamaica Bay, which, as pointed out by the Times Union's James Odato (who seems to have found a new whipping boy with Bruno out of the picture), is a wildlife refuge and recreation area with sensitive salt marshes and an array of wildlife and birds.
The notice also lists nine violations at Belmont, two at Saratoga Race Course and three at Aqueduct racetrack for compliance issues. Each violation carries a maximum fine of $37,500 per day.That adds up to a lot of money which NYRA, which has a prior record with waste runoff, can hardly afford.
Worse yet, the accusations come at a time when NYRA is already under attack and can hardly afford anymore bad PR, as unfair as some of the prior criticisms may be. This one stinks, and the association hasn't helped the situation by remaining silent; NYRA declined another request for comment on Wednesday. Instead, I was told that they'll be issuing a "comprehensive statement" regarding all of the accusations. Let's hope that it provides a reasonable explanation, and that it comes soon. This situation is starting to fester.