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New York Petition To Name Aqueduct Gaming Operator
In the US, New York Thoroughbred Breeders & the New York Racing Association "are circulating an electronic petition urging Governor David Paterson to name an Aqueduct gaming operator soon," reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Six groups have submitted bids & Paterson says he hopes to make an announcement by August 1 in "a selection process plagued by delays". In the petition (distributed via email to more than 50,000 thoroughbred industry participants & racing fans) NYTB president Barry Ostrager urges: "Email everyone you know: your vet, your feed supplier, your blacksmith, your neighbours who don't want to see the farm next door turned into a development, your local school which has had to cut essential programs because the state government has turned its back on VLT revenue. Tell these people to tell other people so that this becomes a genuine grass roots effort that touches everyone who loves these thoroughbreds." New York state loses an estimated US$300 million per year while the racino project remains in limbo & NYTB executive director Jeffrey Cannizzo declared: "Nearly 8 years ago state government approved legislation that would allow video gaming at Aqueduct. During the 8 years of protracted negotiation, New York taxpayers have lost more than US$2 billion in potential revenue. Now, with Wall Street in meltdown, sales tax revenues at historic lows & a state deficit of staggering proportions, the continued delay in rebidding the VLT proposal is shocking."