May 20, 2010

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Governor’s proposal to bail out horseracing season blasted by Skartados

ALBANY – Governor David Paterson has proposed spending $17 million to preserve New York Racing Association thoroughbred horse racing seasons at Saratoga and Belmont and that has the ire of Assemblyman Frank Skartados (D-Milton).

The governor’s latest plan comes at the same time as he shut down 41 state parks and 14 historic sites across New York, including in the Hudson Valley, to save money during the budget crisis.

Paterson’s priorities are “seriously misplaced,” said the freshman lawmaker.

“The fact that he’s willing to spend $17 million for a few weeks of horse racing in two communities while working families are denied access to some of New York’s most treasured attractions is absolutely outrageous,” he said. “I think the choice between horseracing and shutting down 41 state parks and approximately 14 historic parks across New York, it’s clear, but obviously the governor has it all wrong.”

Skartados said New York’s parks are important to residents looking for low-cost family fun, especially now when times are tough.


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