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New York Franchise 2: Governor's Panel To Assess Bids
Meanwhile New York Governor Eliot Spitzer "will convene a panel to publicly evaluate proposals from the potential operators of the state's major thoroughbred racetracks" reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Earlier this month Spitzer announced he would "review a 268-page document completed by the Ad Hoc Committee On The Future Of Racing that was presented to state leaders on February 21"; at that time, Spitzer said he would "not feel bound to the committee's non-binding recommendation". Spitzer's new panel will meet in public sessions & be chaired by Richard Rifkin (special counsel to the governor) who noted: "Public confidence in this process will be anchored by transparency. The primary standard for selection will be an organisation's integrity & its ability to advance New York racing & the state's interests."