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Saturday, November 18, 2006

Dems in Demand

- Former NY Governor Hugh Carey, a Democrat, has joined the board of Empire Racing, and the NY Times' Empire Zone blog notes that the organization continues to roll up Spitzer-friendly allies in its bid to take over New York’s thoroughbred racing franchise.

Lately, Empire has brought aboard some Democratic stalwarts, including Stephen L. Green, the real estate developer who is a big Spitzer donor and the brother of Mark Green, the former attorney general candidate, as well as Denise E. O’Donnell, a former prosecutor and attorney general candidate from the Buffalo area who is on Mr. Spitzer’s transition team.
(Hat tip to Albany Law School Racing and Wagering Page.)


Anonymous said...

The Dem patronage machine is chomping at the bit.

Empire in walkover.

There is no way The Gov can sign off on NYRA, it is politcal suicide.

Was hoping Excelsior could provide some competition, if for no other reason than to keep Empire at least somewhat honest, but the lack of news from Mr. S's team speaks volumes.

Alan Mann said...

I don't see how any politician with any intention of ever running for office again could possibly sign off on NYRA, I think you're absolutely correct.

Anonymous said...

Excellent points GMP. I have actually seen more support for NYRA than Empire in the industry rags.

I just hope that somehow they preserve the land solely for use as a racetrack. I am having Roosevelt Raceway flashbacks.