Edited NYRA Release — As the final weeks of budget negotiations begin, both the Senate and Assembly majorities included the project to build a new Belmont Park in their “One House” budget resolutions. The project was also included in Governor Kathy Hochul’s Executive Budget Proposal last month.
The Belmont modernization project’s inclusion in the Senate and Assembly One House budget resolutions comes just one day after over 100 New Yorkers–including organized labor, family farmers, small business owners, backstretch workers, and more–joined legislators from both parties to rally in the State Capitol in support of the project.
“The construction of a new Belmont Park that will create thousands of jobs, generate billions in economic activity and secure the future of Thoroughbred racing in New York State at no cost to taxpayers.
By supporting this transformational project, Governor Hochul, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Heastie, and our partners in the legislature are protecting the interests of thousands of hard-working New Yorkers on Long Island and across the state,” said Patrick McKenna, Vice President for Communications at the New York Racing Association, Inc.
“Supporting a new Belmont Park also means standing up for organized labor, protecting countless small businesses, and preserving family farms reliant on the statewide racing ecosystem. Horse racing means jobs and opportunities for thousands of New York families in every corner of the state.
“That’s what a new Belmont Park is all about, and we’ll continue working with leaders in Albany to get this project across the finish line.”