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CONFLICTS OF INTEREST SURFACE WITH CLOSING OF NASSAU COUNTY OFF-TRACK BETTING OFFICES

It should come as a surprise to no one with knowledge of how things work when the public’s involvement in the business of horse racing—wagering–intersects with politics; political process almost always wins while customers and rank-and-file employees lose.

The closing of Nassau Off-Track Betting shops whose employees interact with people may have more to do with protecting executive positions and union busting via digital betting terminals than any deep-rooted concern it may have in sheltering the public from the ravages of COVID-19.

The process of shutting down branches was made possible by a rewritten clause in an agreement co-signed by Nassau Off-Track Betting Chairman Joseph Cairo and Kevin McCaffery, President of Teamsters Local 707 whose union represents 132 Nassau OTB workers.

Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting has asked its employees to use accumulated sick and vacation time, work temporarily without pay or retire as the agency manages the shutdown of its betting parlors which coincides with the Coronavirus outbreak.

Conversely, Suffolk County OTB is paying its 300 employees while it seeks a loan under the new federal Payroll Protection Program designed to help businesses pay their workers during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an agency spokesman.

It is currently estimated that Suffolk OTB’s annual payroll is $16.6 million, while Nassau OTB has an annual payroll of $6.98 million.

The source of political controversy stems from the fact that McCaffery serves as a Suffolk County Legislator from the 14th District, and that this juxtaposition represents a conflict of interest.

At issue is a charge that terms of the Agreement between Off-Track Betting and the Union were changed unilaterally due to an inherent conflict: That union leader McCaffery, a Suffolk County legislator, is working in league with Cairo, GOP Nassau County Chairman, who also serves as Nassau OTB President.

Specifically, it is a section of the co-signed Agreement; Page 47, Article 19, in which a key clause was deleted from the original Agreement language and replaced with the following:

“For every 35 Fast Track locations, and once Fast Track locations are operational, OTB shall employ a Fast Track Manager. If sports betting kiosk locations should come under the province of OTB in the future, each such kiosk location shall also count as a Fast Track location.

“If a location has both a Fast Track [betting terminal] kiosk and a Sports Betting kiosk, it shall only count as one Fast Track location.

This would be a good for OTB’s bottom-line considerations but not for union members, cashiers who would be replaced by a single Fast Track Manager. This is at odds with the original language which specifically included a “no-layoff clause.”

It appears the rank and file were sold out here, a position many Long Islanders with some knowledge of local politics have taken to mean business as usual.

The issue has been attracted local attention, of course. Newsday.com broke the layoffs story Saturday morning.

A Nassau-OTB cashier with 10 years of experience paper writer, Jackson Leeds, alerted the Suffolk County Ethics Board to McCaffery’s possible conflict, arguing that “as a Suffolk County legislator his duties are to the people of Suffolk County. He cannot simultaneously represent the interests of employees of Nassau OTB, a Nassau County public benefit corporation.”

“If anything, I have the background of dealing with Nassau OTB which gives me more insight on the subject than any other legislator out there,” responded McCaffery, who added that he doesn’t see his role as Nassau OTB union leader conflicting with Suffolk OTB issues.

Cairo was asked whether he thought Suffolk’s newly elected legislator’s union leader role represented a conflict: The Nassau OTB chief responded “if you really want to stretch it. But I don’t see anything that’s apparent to me.”

Leeds told the Long Island Business News he thought union officials and OTB management have been too focused on 1,000 video lottery terminals planned for each county’s OTB and weren’t paying enough attention to current operations.

“They never worked behind a window, said Leeds. “They’re out of touch with the bettors of Nassau County.”

Long Island betting handle reflects the declining wagering trends around the country. There were once 15 betting offices throughout Nassau County, there are now eight. Suffolk County, which has seven branches, filed for bankruptcy in 2011.*

As most New Yorkers realize, OTB offices exist to accommodate political patronage, “which is the reason union leaders shouldn’t be politicians,” added Leeds. “OTBs are run by politicians; politics and doing public good aren’t always compatible.”

Cairo said he would instruct his agency’s counsel to “review the situation.”

This isn’t the first time that Cairo’s political conflicts have surfaced. Cairo, who has a law office in Valley Stream, an OTB corporate office in Mineola, and one at GOP headquarters in Westbury is paid by all three.

According to a New York Post story, the Nassau County Republican Chairman collects $198,000 in salary from Nassau OTB.  

With McCaffery, the issue is the same; the ramifications a little different noted Anthony Figliola, vice-president of government relations firm Empire Government Strategies. Figliola is of the opinion McCaffery may want to recuse himself from any votes concerning Suffolk-OTB until the Suffolk County Ethics Board offers an opinion:

“OTB is a political football; it’s better to stay out of it, especially if you want to get things done in the Legislature,” said Figliola. But it may already be too late for that.

It is said that allowing people to simultaneously hold top positions in business, government, and party leadership opens the door to conflicts of interests and corruption. Others would say it’s no big deal, that it’s the same as it ever was. 

*correction 041320, 12.23 pm

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    1. just ask for their public records, eg most recent quartely reports etc see below and publish them here
      As of 04/17/2020 04:40PM, the Laws database is current through 2020 Chapters 1-25, 50-56, 58, 59
      Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law

      § 524. Reports, accounts, investigations. 1. The board shall,
      consistent with the powers of the department of taxation and finance,
      prescribe uniform methods of keeping accounts, records and books to be
      observed by regional corporations. The board shall, consistent with the
      powers of the department of taxation and finance, prescribe by order
      forms of accounts, records and memoranda to be kept by such
      corporations. The board shall have power to visit, investigate, and
      place expert accountants, or such other persons as it may deem
      necessary, in the offices, or other places of business of any such
      corporation for the purpose of seeing that the provisions of this
      chapter and the rules and regulations issued by the board thereunder are
      strictly complied with. Upon a finding by the board of a reasonable
      basis to believe that any such offtrack betting corporation is not
      complying with the rules and regulations of the board or with applicable
      provisions of law, the board, after providing a written report setting
      forth its findings, may by a majority vote direct such corporation to
      cause its business and managerial practices to be audited at its own
      expense to ensure that such corporation complies with the rules and
      regulations of the board or any applicable provision of law.
      2. Each regional corporation approved by the board to conduct
      off-track pari-mutuel betting shall submit daily accounting reports to
      the board, within forty-eight hours after each racing day, accounting
      for all tickets sold and winning tickets cashed or refunds and such
      other information as the board may require. Copies of such daily reports
      shall be submitted to each racing association or corporation conducting
      races on which off-track wagers were accepted by such regional
      corporation.
      3. Quarterly financial statements shall be submitted by each
      corporation to the board within fifteen days after the end of each
      calendar quarter, and shall include a balance sheet, a statement of
      revenue net of expenses, statement of cash flow, a breakdown of
      operating and administrative expenses for the quarter preceding
      submission of the report and for the year to date. All such reports
      shall be subject to audit by the state comptroller and shall be public
      records.
      4. The reports required under this section shall be in such form and
      contain such other matters as the board may determine from time to time
      to be necessary to disclose accurately the financial condition and
      operation of such corporations. Each regional corporation shall submit a
      copy of the corporation’s annual budget to the board no later than
      twenty days following approval of such budget by the corporation’s board
      of directors. The board may for good cause shown grant a reasonable
      extension of time for the filing of any such report.

  1. “Cairo said he would instruct his agency’s counsel to “review the situation.”

    The optics of the last few years on LI begs the question, to “review” the situation or bury it?

    Why not simply bring it all out in the open. No sweat if nothing nebulous or underhanded occurred? Why not allow Nassau and Suffolk County taxpayers a sense of satisfaction and peace of mind by providing a full disclosure of the somewhat questionable OTB contract revisions to the Nassau and Suffolk District Attorney’s Offices for their review?

    Can’t we all see what transpired behind the curtains of hidden political deal making? Or does “review” simply imply all of this lands in a document shredder on top the GOP Ethics Officer’s desk. So who should we be calling? Anyone have the number for the DA?

  2. McD, it’s the standard reply for “I don’t want or will not answer, next question, please.” It’s the full brother to “going to look it.” Like so many things that are obvious to honest people with open minds and three-digit IQs, some things are obvious.

    Off Topic: great, well-sourced piece with four bylines in the “failing New York TImes,” on the WH’s delayed response on the pandemic might interest you if you haven’t yet read it: Devastating time-line material.

  3. Den, with Capital having it’s own TV and phone betting network that acts as a hub for OTBs throughout the state, I don’t see them shutting all doors but it could happen, obviously. Doubtlessly, there are highly likely to be furloughs unless they too apply for the Payroll Protection Program that could amount to a no payback loan if they keep their employees working. Social distancing and crowd size are other issues.

  4. Don’t you think that a true union present or business agent would protect its members by at the very least, calling local 237, Suffolk OTB union and finding out what they were doing and propose to OTB management that they do the same? What a shame that our union president and business agent didn’t think it was necessary to make a simple phone call to protect its members. I guess protecting his political position was more important than fighting for his union members which he has demonstrated since OTB was forced to merge with 707.

    1. agreed . Suffolk county legislator Kevin McCaffrey president of Teamsters Local 707 and Business Agent and Local 707 Trustee and part time OTB Manager Laura Campione.

      It is also surprising that the members of SEC outside Nassau OTB have not demanded that the Securities and Exchange Commission examine the books and revirds of the Local 707 Pension Fund, Kevin McCaffrey Trustee.

  5. E Wicks,
    Hence the conflict of interest! Thanks for checking in and for shedding additional light…

  6. TO ALL: Received a personal email that shed further light on political machinations that occur on Long Island. If any want to follow up with the author below on a personal basis, to either agree or refute, I will be a conduit for the hookup. The HRI comment section mission is to provide an open forum…

    “Mr. Pricci, your article about the political shenanigans behind Nassau Downs was a good start. Joe Cairo’s executive deputy is one John Tufarelli, who also serves as Village Trustee in the Village of Valley Stream.

    “Tufarelli secured a job for Cairo’s attorney daughter as the counsel for the village’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

    “Further, while countless Americans are losing their jobs, not just Tufarelli’s OTB subordinates, Tufarelli secured a high paying job for his son at the Town of Hempstead, along with two other connected patronage appointments. I have supporting documents if you are interested.

    “Also, Cairo’s frequent business partner Butch Yamali, known for not paying municipalities for the contracts Cairo arranges for him, also has the refreshment concession contract for Nassau Downs. I’m pretty sure if you looked into that you would find Yamali is also not paying OTB.”

    1. please post your supporting documentation here for nassau otb employees et al.
      donald clavin said there is no republican machine and your assertions should be set forth and he should be asked to respond to you.
      also do not forget to otbain the names etc if all of josepgh g cairo’s “essential” employees

    2. details john and donald clavin’s response please. details
      Matter of Healy v Town of Hempstead Bd. of Appeals
      Annotate this Case
      [*1] Matter of Healy v Town of Hempstead Bd. of Appeals 2018 NY Slip Op 28261 Decided on August 28, 2018 Supreme Court, Nassau County Steinman, J. Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431. This opinion is uncorrected and subject to revision before publication in the printed Official Reports.

      Decided on August 28, 2018
      Supreme Court, Nassau County

      In the Matter of John Healy and STEFANIE HEALY, JOHN FITZGERALD, KAREN BENEDETTO, RICHARD and KAREN WILKINS, Petitioners,

      against

      Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals, SOUTH NASSAU HELLENIC COMMUNITY, INC., Respondents.

      3214/2017

      Petitioner’s counsel: John Healy, Esq., 405 RXR Plaza, Uniondale, NY 11556

      Respondent Town of Hempstead’s counsel: Joseph E. Macy, Esq., Berkman, Henoch, Peterson, Peddy & Fenchel, P.C., 100 Garden City Plaza, Garden City, NY 11530

      Respondent South Nassau Hellenic Community Inc.’s counsel: Willaim F. Bonesso, Esq., Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLP, 333 Earle Ovington Blvd., Suite 1010, Uniondale, NY 11553
      Leonard D. Steinman, J.
      The following papers, in addition to any memoranda of law submitted by the parties, were reviewed in preparing this Decision and Order:

      Petitioners’ Notice of Petition, Petition & Exhibits 1

      Respondents’ Verified Answers & Exhibits 2

      Affirmation of William F. Bonesso 3
      The South Nassau Hellenic Community, Inc. (SNHC) operates Saint Demetrios, a Greek Orthodox Church and religious education center located in Merrick, New York. SNHC now desires to build a 25,806 square foot, two-story cultural center next to the church. Construction of the center is opposed by various residents who live in the area, and the resulting controversy led to a full-day, well-attended administrative hearing before the Town of Hempstead Board of Appeals concerning SNHC’s applications for various special exceptions and variances. With certain conditions attached, the Board granted SNHC’s zoning applications in a decision dated June 14, 2017. The Board also determined that the center would not have a significant impact on the environment; in particular, the character of the existing community. Three homeowners residing across the street from the proposed center have brought this Article 78 petition seeking to annul the Board’s determinations.

      The petitioners make three principal arguments in support of the application. First, petitioners argue that the Board’s written decisions are, in effect, facially deficient because they fail to contain the required proper analyses with respect to: (1) the determination under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) that the proposed construction would not have a significant effect on the environment; (2) the grant of use and area variances; and (3) the failure to preserve existing trees on the site. Second, petitioners argue that the Board gave excessive deference to the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, 42 U.S.C. § 2000cc. Finally, petitioners assert procedural objections relating to the conduct of the administrative hearing and the potential conflict of interest of one of the Board members.

      The petitioners are correct that the Board’s SEQRA declaration is fatally flawed. The Board was required to strictly follow SEQRA procedures and substantive provisions. Although the Board is to be commended for the time, effort and thought it put into the hearing and its zoning decision, its SEQRA declaration lacks a required explanation. The Board did take a “hard look” at the project, but did not provide a “reasoned elaboration” of the basis for its SEQRA determination. See WEOK Broadcasting Corp. v. Planning Bd. of Town of Lloyd, 79 NY2d 373, 383 (1992). And the Board’s zoning decision reveals that the purported negative SEQRA declaration issued by the Board was, in truth, at best a conditioned negative declaration. Therefore, the Board’s zoning decision cannot support its environmental determination.

      Because the Board’s SEQRA declaration must be vacated, its zoning resolutions cannot stand. See Chinese Staff and Workers Ass’n v. City of New York, 68 NY2d 359, 369 (1986). As a result, this court need not reach the other grounds advanced by [*2]petitioners to vacate such resolutions except one: the procedural validity of the June 1, 2017 public hearing. The court sees no infirmity concerning the conduct of the hearing mandating a new hearing based solely on such alleged flaws.

      THE APPLICATIONS

      /i>

      Saint Demetrios is located on Hewlett Avenue between Merrick Road to the south, a busy four lane road, and Annette Avenue to the north, a residential street. Hewlett Avenue is described by the Board as a secondary arterial road. SNHC owns adjoining parcels to the church that are on Annette Avenue and Kenny Avenue, another residential street to the church’s east. The adjoining parcels are occupied by houses. SNHC desires to construct the cultural center and related parking on the adjoining parcels that front Annette Avenue, after demolishing some of the houses. It desires to convert a house on Kenny Avenue for office use. All of the zoning relief sought by SNHC relates to the construction of the cultural center, including, in pertinent part, special exception variances, lot area variances and parking variances.

      LEGAL ANALYSIS

      A. Procedural Objections
      Before turning to the adequacy of the substance of the Board’s SEQRA declaration the court shall first review petitioners’ procedural objections concerning the conduct of the Board’s public hearing held on June 1, 2017. The hearing lasted approximately 12 hours and the Board heard testimony from sixteen witnesses in support of the applications and twenty-four witnesses in opposition. At least two attorneys appeared in opposition to the application, including one representing the local homeowners’ association. Notwithstanding that the petitioners were given ample notice of the hearing, and significant time to present their opposition to SNHC’s applications following SNHC’s presentation, petitioners assert that the manner in which the hearing was conducted—including their inability to cross-examine SNHC’s witnesses—violated their due process rights.

      A zoning board of appeals is not constrained by the rules of evidence and may conduct informal hearings. Matter of Von Kohorn v. Morrell, 9 NY2d 27 (1961); Stein v. Board of Appeals of Town of Islip, 100 AD2d 590 (2d Dept. 1984). The Board’s hearings are not quasi-judicial in nature and do not require the swearing of witnesses or cross-examination of them. Aprile v. Lo Grande, 89 AD2d 563 (2d Dept. 1982). The court has reviewed the hearing testimony and procedure and finds that petitioners’ objections concerning the conduct of the hearing unpersuasive. Extensive comments and testimony in opposition to the applications, including expert testimony, were presented. Exhibits, including photographs, were submitted to the Board by objectants. Petitioners do not identify any testimony or exhibits that they were denied from presenting that may have impacted the Board’s decision. Although petitioners may argue that the hearing was not perfect, it certainly was fair—their [*3]position was heard loud and clear over the course of a 12-hour hearing.

      Petitioners’ assertion that Board Member Katuria D’Amato had an apparent conflict of interest does not advance their cause. The conflict allegedly exists because Ms. D’Amato is the sister-in-law of an attorney who used to be a member of the law firm representing SNHC, and because that law firm’s current managing partner was a campaign manager for her estranged husband. But petitioners point to no violation of Article 18 of the General Municipal Law and identify no pecuniary or material interest—direct or indirect—of Ms. D’Amato in the outcome of the applications. For this reason, Tuxedo Conservation & Taxpayers Assn. v. Town Bt. Of Town of Tuxedo, 69 AD2d 320 (2d Dept. 1979) is distinguishable. Nor did she cast the deciding vote, which was unanimous. Finally, the managing partner of SNHC’s law firm, Jeffrey Forchelli, Esq., did not represent SNHC at the hearing.

      B. SEQRA Declaration
      As described by the Court of Appeals in Jackson v. NY State Urban Development Corp., 67 NY2d 400 (1986), SEQRA represents an attempt to strike a balance between social and economic goals and concerns about the environment. It ensures that “agency decision-makers—enlightened by public comment where appropriate—will identify and focus attention on any environmental impact of a proposed action.” Id. at 414-15.

      SEQRA dictates that a lead agency must review proposed actions “that might affect the environment.” 6 NYCRR § 617.2[B][1]. Here, the Board acted as the lead agency. Pursuant to SEQRA, the Board was required to “determine whether the proposed action[s] may have a significant impact on the environment.” 6 NYCRR § 617.2(v). If so, an Environmental Impact Statement is required.

      On January 28, 2016, SNHC filed a Short Environmental Assessment Form (SEAF). On March 17, 2016 the Board, as the lead agency, determined that the proposed action may result in one or more potentially large or significant adverse impacts. The Board identified two concerns: that the proposed action may result in a change in the use or intensity of the land (it unquestionably would); and the proposed action may impair the character or quality of the existing neighborhood. Thereafter, on March 8, 2017, the Board determined that the applications were “unlisted actions” under SEQRA and that the SEQRA determination would be made after hearing testimony and reviewing the evidence submitted at the public hearing.

      Following the hearing, the Board’s charge was clear: to identify and focus on the environmental impact of the construction of the cultural center and the requested variances; decide if they would have a significant impact on the environment; and articulate the basis for its decision. Jackson v. NY State Urban Development Corp., 67 NY2d at 415.

      On June 14, 2017, the Board passed a one paragraph resolution declaring that the center and accompanying use and area variances “will not have a significant effect on the environment .” That is the entire pertinent scope of the Board’s declaration. No explanation. No rationale. No articulation of the basis of its determination.

      The issue before the court is whether this negative declaration was “affected by an error of law, arbitrary and capricious or an abuse of discretion.” Village of Chestnut Ridge v. Town of Ramapo, 99 AD3d. 918, 925 (2d Dept. 2012). Judicial review of the Board’s determination is limited to “whether the agency identified the relevant areas of environmental concern, took a ‘hard look’ at them, and made a ‘reasoned elaboration’ of the basis for its determination.” NY City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning, Inc. v. Vallone, 100 NY2d 337, 348 (2003). Where a lead agency fails to set forth a reasoned elaboration the determination may be annulled. Merson v. McNally, 90 NY2d 742, 751-52 (1997). Here, no reasoned elaboration was formulated.

      Respondents argue that support for the Board’s determination can be found in the record and, therefore, this court should not second-guess the Board’s determination. This argument ignores a “bedrock principle of administrative law,” that judicial review of an administrative determination is limited to the grounds invoked by the agency or board. Matter of National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. v. Public Service Commn. of the State of NY, 16 NY3d 360, 368 (2011). The grounds for the administrative decision must be contained within the determination reviewed so that the court can “discern the rationale for the administrative action taken and undertake intelligent appellate review thereof.” Office Building Associates, LLC v. Empire Zone Designation Board, 95 AD3d at 1405. A court “cannot search the record for a rational basis to support the [b]oard’s determination, substitute its judgment for that of the [b]oard or affirm the underlying determination upon a ground not invoked by the [b]oard in the first instance.” Id. at 1404-05; see Rodriguez v. Weiss, 149 AD3d 842 (2d Dept. 2017). This court is therefore compelled to decline the respondents’ invitation to search the voluminous record in this matter, supply an appropriate analysis that should have been articulated by the Board, and affirm the Board’s findings. The Board’s decision must rise or fall based upon its own weight.

      The respondents also point to the Board’s zoning decision to support the Board’s SEQRA determination. If the Board intended for its zoning decision to provide the rationale for its SEQRA determination, this is bad practice and is not judicially favored. The Court of Appeals has already cautioned that a SEQRA review may not serve as a vehicle for determining zoning issues. See WEOK Broadcasting Corp. v. Planning Bd. Of Town of Lloyd, 79 NY2d at 382. Similarly, zoning determinations are no substitute for the separate analysis focusing on the environment required by SEQRA. In all events, the Board’s zoning decision does not supply an appropriate rationale for its unconditional negative SEQRA declaration. That is because the zoning decision is not unconditional.

      The Board’s decision approving the zoning variances is subject to various [*4]conditions. For example, the cultural center, once built, may not simultaneously be used when the church is being used and vice-a-versa. No ingress or egress is allowed on Annette Avenue. Church employees may not park on the street. These conditions, the Board states in its decision, are designed to mitigate traffic and parking problems in the mostly residential neighborhood, thereby preserving its character—an environmental concern identified by the Board in the SEAF.

      Therefore, assuming the Board effectively conflated its SEQRA and zoning analyses, it cannot be said that the negative declaration is unconditional, even though on its face it purports to be. Instead, it is a conditioned negative declaration. See 6 NYCRR 617.2(h). SNHC concedes as much, by arguing in its memorandum of law that the “implementation of these conditions sufficiently justified the Board’s determination that granting the seven (7) [variance] cases would not have a significant effect on the environment. SNHC Memorandum of Law, p. 40.

      But the Board did not follow the procedures outlined in 6 NYCRR 617.7(d) for the issuance of a conditioned negative declaration for unlisted actions. For example, a full Environmental Assessment Form was not completed—a short form was used. And the imposed conditions themselves do not appear in the Board’s declaration. The Board was required to comply strictly with SEQRA’s prescribed procedures and it did not. See Jackson v. NY State Urban Dev. Corp., 67 NY2d at 417, 429. As a result, its purported unconditional negative declaration is improper.

      Furthermore, the Board’s implicit SEQRA determination that the residential character of the existing community will not be significantly impacted relies upon certain anticipated actions by SNHC. But these future actions were not conditions of approval in either the zoning or SEQRA decisions. For example, SNHC presently intends to preserve certain houses on Kenny Avenue and was granted area variances (Cases 351 and 352) allowing it to do so on “lesser” lots. The Board stated: “Granting these area variances will mitigate any undesirable change in the neighborhood or detriment to nearby properties .” But now suppose that SNHC does not take advantage of the variances and instead demolishes the houses. We do not know if the Board would still conclude that the character of the existing community is not significantly impacted.

      The Board’s failures to (i) provide a reasoned elaboration for its SEQRA determination, (ii) strictly follow procedural requirements, and (iii) identify with clarity in its declaration the conditions imposed upon the proposed actions, are fatal flaws necessitating the vacatur of the Board’s SEQRA determination and the various special exceptions and variances it granted. See Chinese Staff and Workers Assoc. v. City of New York, 68 NY2d at 369. As a result, the Verified Petition is granted and the Board’s determinations are vacated.

      This constitutes the Decision and Order of the court.

      Dated: August 28, 2018

      Mineola, New York

      ENTER:

      ______________________________

      LEONARD D. STEINMAN, J.S.C.

    3. Government
      Greater New York City Area 500+ connections Contact info

      Town of Hempstead Government

      New York Law School
      About
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      Town of Hempstead Government
      Company NameTown of Hempstead Government
      Total Duration7 yrs 11 mos
      TitleCounsel to the Board of Zoning Appeals
      Dates EmployedDec 2018 – Present
      Employment Duration1 yr 5 mos
      LocationHempstead, New York

      robert bogle assumes the position in april toh says

    4. what is the daughter’s name?
      compare with the name of the person who held, holds or will hold the position according to the town of hempstead.

  7. John,
    No surprise Nassau OTB was never run to make a profit. It was a patronage organization for politicians. I don’t think anyone should be surprised. Many years ago when they opened The Palace you could see not much thought was given to making a profit.

    1. Aaron,

      Ironically, The Palace, which was meant to keep deep-pocketed horseplayers from driving to the Suffolk OTB Teletheater in Hauppague was successful in that respect.

      The problem was that it also helped killed off some of the surrounding OTB shops in Nassau County.

      1. John,
        Agree,knew players who were going to the Suffolk Forum who ended up at the Palace.There were quite a few really big players.Somehow despite those big players Nassau OTB still failed to make a profit.I have spent a good amount at Nassau OTB and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see how mismanaged the branches were.The betting machines are old and have never been updated.It is just a poorly run operation,like most Racing operations.

        1. Because they closed the Belmont Cafe, I took a ride to the palace on a Sunday a few months ago. Startled to find out they did not carry the racing form on Sunday. Wasted a 15 mile ride………

          1. My guess is they weren’t selling very many or just something else that falls between cracks. Managers probably get WH jobs now in charge of PPE distribution…

    2. info.nassauotb.com who writes this stuff?
      About Nassau OTB
      NASSAU OTB – A WINNING BET FOR OUR COUNTY

      Historians tell us that the first formal horse race meeting in America took place in 1665 on the plains of Hempstead, Long Island. More than 335 years later, horse racing remains a popular sport and a key economic engine in Nassau County.

      Established by the State Legislature in 1975 to generate profits for the State and local governments, Nassau Off Track Betting Corporation, a public benefit corporation, better known as Nassau Downs OTB, is one of five, separately governed New York State OTBs.

      Nassau Downs opened its doors to the public on January 31, 1975 in the Village of Hempstead. Since that date, Nassau OTB’s business and profits have steadily grown, reaping tremendous benefits for Nassau taxpayers and racing fans.

      All of the profits Nassau Downs generates from wagering going directly into Nassau County’s General Fund. Since its inception, Nassau OTB has generated more than $241 million in profits and $144 million in surcharge for Nassau County.

      Over the years, Nassau OTB has expanded its simulcasting by offering wagering on tracks from all over North America. In 2003, legislation was passed allowing OTB to offer nighttime thoroughbred racing for the first time.

      In February of 2004, Nassau OTB made history with the opening of the Race Palace, arguably the most state of the art, upscale and exciting racing teletheater in North America. Located on the Nassau-Suffolk border, just south of the Long Island Expressway, the Race Palace, with its 120 foot video wall, dining areas and bars, luxurious VIP rooms and cashier, self service and personal wagering devices, has become the preferred destination of new and seasoned horse-players alike.

      Nassau Downs OTB has also expanded its account wagering options; a Nassau OTB wagering account provides access to internet, mobile, telephone operator and touch tone wagering as well as branch self-service wagering.

      Nassau Downs, under the leadership of its President Joseph G. Cairo, Jr., is continuing to broaden its wagering and entertainment horizons with upgrades to existing and new branch locations and an expanding network of Fast Track restaurant locations. Nassau OTB is committed to providing our bettors with the most comprehensive and timely racing information available.

      With Nassau OTB, we all win. You can bet on that.

  8. Bill calls for requiring judges to give reason for recusal

    JESSE COBURN FOR NEWSDAY January 07, 2020 ISSUE: JUDGES HEMPSTEAD TOWN BOARDBILL RECUSAL
    Originally published in Newsday on January 07, 2020.
    Sen. Todd Kaminsky is introducing state legislation Wednesday that would require judges to provide a reason when they recuse themselves from cases, citing a spate of unexplained recusals from litigation involving the Town of Hempstead.
    Kaminsky said he is proposing the legislation in response to the legal fight between Hempstead and Double Eagle Golf, the former operator of a town-owned golf course in Lido Beach. Three state Supreme Court judges in Nassau County recused themselves from the case in rapid succession late last year without explanation. Kaminsky said such instances could diminish public confidence in the judicial process.
    “When you leave the public to speculate why a given judge might not want to handle a given case … I don’t think it’s helpful,” said Kaminsky, a Democrat whose district includes the golf course. “Especially with a case having such a political back story.”
    Double Eagle operated the Lido Beach Golf Course from 1997 to 2017, when its contract expired and the town retook control of the facility. The company sued Hempstead in May 2017, arguing the town owed it $776,400 for capital improvements it carried out following superstorm Sandy in 2012. The town countersued, saying the company was contractually obligated to cover such costs, but the company had let the facility deteriorate.
    The company and town reached an $85,000 settlement in April 2019. In October, however, Hempstead’s former supervisor, Laura Gillen, a Democrat, expressed concern about the settlement in an affidavit, noting Double Eagle had paid a company controlled by Nassau County GOP chairman Joseph Cairo $922,800 from 1999 to 2014 for work related to the course.
    Cairo was not the chairman at the time. He ascended to that post in May 2018 after serving more than a decade as vice chairman. A former Hempstead councilman, he previously told Newsday he consulted Double Eagle on “business decisions and transactions.”
    “Nothing unethical was done,” he said. “I represented them at a time when I had no relationship with the town.”
    The three judges then recused themselves from the case in as many weeks: Timothy Driscoll on Oct. 29, Vito DeStefano on Nov. 15 and Jerome Murphy on Nov. 19. None provided a reason. An administrative judge then transferred the case to a judge in Westchester County.
    The Hempstead Town Board unanimously voted down the settlement in November.
    Kaminsky’s bill would require judges to offer a written or on-the-record reason when they recuse themselves. They are not currently required to do so, a court spokesman said.
    The bill would make an exception when the explanation “will result in embarrassment” or is “of a compelling personal nature.”
    The Double Eagle case “really evidenced a lack of transparency with our judicial system,” Kaminsky said. “Having that extra transparency will help undergird the credibility of our judicial system.”

  9. I can’t remember reading anything positive about NYS OTBs since the “Fix Six” scandal. Are any of them NOT being run by and/or enriching weasels in their wagering woodpiles?

    With so many New Yorkers now stepping up to help others in these troubled times, it gives me hope that they will come down on corruption once they can concentrate on it.

    I used to have a NYC OTB telephone account back in the ‘70s. Prior to opening that telephone account, I only perused the PPs on Friday nights. By the time I went through my initial and lone deposit, I had a room full of paper representing an expenditure greater than that deposit, and the excitement of going to the track on Saturdays was starting to fade.

    That’s when I started chasing women on Friday nights as well until one caught me. LOL

  10. I,
    I got lucky 51 years ago, luck still holding. We try to laugh as much as possible, harder these days for sure. Stay safe, you and all the HRI Faithful. Please don’t fall for FOX propaganda. Literally, it’s deadly…

      1. OAN, the REAL Fake News stooges who lob softball questions at Drumpf at propaganda disinformation rallies, that OAN?

        No thanks, I’ll pass. Don’t watch his “briefings” but sorry I missed Monday’s, heard there were some real beauties delivered.

    1. Just what we need another left wing lunatic in the media. I do love your work though, been a fan for a long time. And if you think Fox is worse than CNN you are insane.

  11. If Nassau OTB were truly a public benefit corporation, how could it be justied that Joe Cairo as lead executive at Nassau OTB should continue to allow himself collect a full salary to oversee only betting terminals which are at present not operational? A public benefit corporation for the benefit of whom? Or in reality is it really simply a Joe Cairo benefit corporation? All sounds like a Cat and Mouse Partnership out of a Grimm’s fairy tale scenario where the Fat Cats get fatter everyday. Disgraceful behavior considering most all of America is now asked to sacrifice for the greater good of our country during the Coronavirus epedemic. Ask not what you can do Joe? This case of unchecked political greed exhibits all the class and character of an unflushed toilet. Reprehensible covers it all. Thanks HRI for exposing all of this. No wonder there’s so little 1000 sheets a role on the supermarket shelves. It has all been allocated for use at the Nassau OTB Executive Offices in Mineola.

    Statements below copied from Newsday.

    Nassau OTB, also a public benefit corporation, is “ineligible as a gambling business for loans” from the PPP program, Nassau OTB general counsel Arthur Walsh said. But the agency has filed paperwork to qualify for the program, though officials are not hopeful the application will be successful, agency spokesman David Chauvin said.

    Members of Congress and gaming industry leaders have urged the federal government to make clear that casinos are eligible for the loans if they retain their workforce during the COVID-19 outbreak.

    Nassau OTB president Joseph Cairo said closure of the public benefit corporation’s betting parlors and its 12 Fast-Track digital terminals in taverns and bars last month has meant “our operation basically shut down.”

  12. Interesting,but anyone paying attention knew these were patronage and corrupt political organizations from the beginning,as was NewYork City OTB. Hard to be legit and lose money on a parinutual business when you don’t have the expense of running the event.At one time Suffolk OTB showed a profit because of Ernie Dahlman,yet they allowed him to leave without an offer. Politicians and inept management have ruined Racing in NY.

    1. Aaron,

      Can’t argue too vociferously on many of your points.

      However, as someone who inherited, and actually worked in, “Ernie’s Room” after he left, I know that Suffolk OTB tried other inducements but in the end couldn’t match what Vegas was offering in terms of amenities, rebates and the like; they never had a shot…

      1. John,
        You are probably correct,but the story I heard is that Kenny Noe hurt the negations. In your opinion if racing reporters had done their jobs during the OTB era do you think things could have turned out more positive ?

    2. nassau and suffolk county taking over as the training ground for us attorneys from the southern district of new york. indict away and bet on the conviction rate before and after appeals.

  13. Aaron,

    I have no wish to speak ill of the dearly departed but will say I was not a Kenny Noe fan and had written that during my tenure as a Newsday racing columnist.

    The stories of which you refer would fall under the purview of the beat writer or straight news from city-side reporters. Of course, reading about anything from the racing media, as opposed to MSM, was a non-starter.

    I do believe that Paul Moran, Bill Finley and Ray Kerrison awakened many a sleeping dog in their days at the New York/Long Island tabloids so would necessarily agree with your characterization on that issue.

  14. Arthur Walsh Esq runs Nassau OTB for Cairo
    John Tufarelli is per Cairo’s words at a Board of Directors Meeting his racing expert.
    No one went to Board meetings when they were held and now there are no more meetings?
    Cairo and Kevin McCaffrey , mutt and jeff?
    see
    campanile
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    Nassau GOP chair intends to collect fat paychecks for 3 jobs – New York Post
    Jun 10, 2018 · By Carl Campanile and Lorena Mongelli … Marlin said the multiple paid gigs for Cairo is remarkable, especially after the Nassau Republicans lost the county executive’s race and the Town …

  15. josepgh g cairo delivered a steady cash stream to kevin mccaffrey before the us supreme court decision in the Janus case ended forced psyment but not the clinate of fear and intimidation at nassau otb. lucky for cairo that the Securities and Exchange Commission has not examined the books & records of the Teamsters Local 707 pension fund, kevin mccaffrey trustee.

    By John Asbury
    [email protected] @JohnAsbury
    Updated January 2, 2018 6:28 PM
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    Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Peter King joined Long Island Teamsters Tuesday in calling for union pension shortfalls to be funded through Treasury bonds tied to the federal budget.

    Schumer (D-N.Y.) and King (R-Seaford) are pushing Congress to pass the Butch Lewis Act, which would create a new office within the Treasury Department to allow pension plans to borrow for any shortfall using Treasury bonds issued by the government to sell to financial institutions.

    Schumer, the Senate minority leader, and King met with Teamsters Local 707 in Hempstead to push for the bill, which could help fund pensions for 4,500 Long Island families, including more than 3,700 retirees, Schumer said.

  16. when no one uses your website and you need to cut expenses, your website stops in its tracks, see http://www.ibt707.com, politcian kevin mccaffrey has too many jobs, too little time, and too much pay to be bothered with such things?

  17. When politicians are involved, corruption is inevitable. That’s a given. Racing “EXPERT” John Tufferelli’s claim to fame is that he lives or lived across the street from the track. I think that is his only qualification. And is any of these revaluations listed here change Mr. Cairo’s mind about paying the employees of Nassau OTB as the employees of Suffolk OTB are ? Or at least paying their benefits? And what are the President and Business Agent at Local 707 doing for the members that are having dues still taken out of their checks? Even though these members are NOT working and NOT getting paid other than some are forced to use their own time. Local 707 should be ashamed of themselves but since Mr. Mc Caffrey has no conscience and is only concerned with his own well being and salaries, we shouldn’t expect anything less. Since bankrupting the 707 pension, Mr. Mc Caffrey has been touting that his political connection will be the only thing to save the pension, NOTHING has been done except political photo ops and empty promises. No matter what he promises, nothing ever seems to happen…I wonder why?

    1. and kevin mccaffrey is up for election in novembersuffolk county legislative district 14. is it any wonder he is working facebook so hard for votes and or funds?
      the employees of yrc north of long island have not seen him since …..knows when?
      hopefully https://www.lohud.com/contact/staff/ will investigate kevin mccaffrey who has more jobs than josepgh cairo and or fewer records accounting for his time and activities? the us securities and exchange commission is remiss in examingnthe books snd re ords of the teamsters local 707 prnsion fund, its trustees and finanvial advisors and consultants etc.

  18. John: The problem with all New York OTBs can be directly traced to the “original sin” committed by the “old NYRA. When Jon Nerud told them, in the late 60s, to take control of the NYC OTB Corp, and the Phippses, Vanderbilts, Chris Chenery, etc totally rejected his idea, all of the corruption, patronage and misallocation of simulcasting revenue, flowed from that fateful decision. The OTBs, and their bastard cousins, the ADWs, have siphoned untold millions of dollars that rightfully belonged to the tracks and the horsemen. In addition to the Integrity Act, Congress should revoke the IHA and return the ownership of all signals to the racetracks. If the tracks were receiving fair market value for the signals, it would also lessen the need for diversion of casino revenue. Accordingly, the tracks wouldn’t have to spend the next decade fighting off the inevitable diversion of casino revenue back to the General Funds for the respective states. In this regard, without the twin parasites of OTBs and ADWs, the tracks could have a reasonable chance to survive the economic devastation that will be occurring over the next few years.

    1. please obtain and publish here a copy of the below public record for nassau otb

      As of 04/17/2020 04:40PM, the Laws database is current through 2020 Chapters 1-25, 50-56, 58, 59
      Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law

      § 621. Annual and special reports. Within one hundred twenty days
      after the end of the fiscal year of the corporation, the directors
      thereof shall submit to the governor, the legislature, the racing and
      wagering board and the state comptroller a complete and detailed report
      setting forth:
      1. Its operations and accomplishments during such fiscal year;
      2. Its receipts and expenditures during such fiscal year in accordance
      with categories or classifications established by the corporation for
      its own operating and capital outlay purposes;
      3. Its assets and liabilities at the end of such fiscal year including
      a schedule of its bonds, notes or other obligations and the status of
      reserves, depreciation, special, sinking or other funds;
      4. Details of branch offices being planned or in the process of being
      constructed or otherwise established and branch offices that have been
      constructed or established;
      5. Such other information relating to the operations of the
      corporation as shall be requested by any party receiving such report.

  19. laura curran asks firmer ny dailynews coworker john marzulli to see if nassau otb employees in need of work can be hired to serve subpoenas.

    LONG ISLANDNASSAU
    NEWSDAY EXCLUSIVE
    Sources: Town of Hempstead subpoenaed over former contractor Double Eagle Golf

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    Cuomo keeps NY on pause and an act of kindness for health care workers in West Babylon
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    Thursday’s forecast: Sunny today, freeze watch in Nassau tonight
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    On Tuesday, Newsday Town of Hempstead reporter Jesse Coburn talked about the subpoena issued by the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York to the Town of Hempstead. Credit: Newsday / Yeong-Ung Yang; Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

    By Jesse Coburn
    [email protected] @jesse_coburn
    Updated February 26, 2020 5:28 PM
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    The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York has issued a subpoena to the Town of Hempstead for records related to former town contractor Double Eagle Golf, according to three people familiar with the matter.

  20. nassau otb
    Notice Requirements for Fringe Benefits and Hours

    Section 195.5 of the New York State Labor Law effective December 12, 1981 provides as follows:

    “Every employer shall notify his employees in writing or by publicly posting the employer’s policy on sick leave, vacation, personal leave, holidays and hours.”
    To assist employers in complying with this provision, the Division of Labor Standards has issued the following guidelines:

    An employer shall distribute in writing to each employee, the employer’s policy on the above enumerated items. The employer upon the request of the Department, must be able to affirmatively demonstrate that such written notification was provided to employees by means which may include, but not be limited to, distribution through company newspapers or newsletters or by inclusion in a company payroll.

    OR
    An employer shall post and keep posted in each establishment in a conspicuous place where notices to employees are customarily posted, a notice which states the employer¹s policy on the above enumerated items or advises employees where on the employer’s premises they may see such information in writing. Such information may be contained in a union contract, employee handbook, personnel manual, or in other written form. Deviations for an employee from such stated policy must be given to said employee in writing.

    As used in the provision above, “hours” means the hours which constitute a standard workday and workweek for the establishment, and any other regular schedule, such as for part-time employees. Deviations should be given to the affected employee in writing.

    Inquiries may be addressed or telephone calls may be made to the nearest office of the Division of Labor Standards.

  21. While the tales of the wasted morality highlighted above all circle around the overflowing lid of an unflushed toilet at the Republican Headquarters in Mineola, the former Nassau OTB Executive and Nassau Republican Club Leader Joe Mondello rests comfortably on the beaches of Trinidad and Tobago. Stuffing his face he is, while no doubt counting his under the table “let’s make a deal” money. Suspect many of the Off Track union pension dollars were reallocated to the last Trump campaign in fact. Rumor has it, Joe was rewarded with his current Ambassadorship position for favors past extended to “Shakespeare” Trump when he was party chief.

    A “Shakespeare” explanation follows in a British verse related to incompetent leadership and also the unflushed toilet cited above. Stay with it for a laugh.

    British Writer Pens The Best Description Of Trump I’ve Read
    March 8, 2019 ~ Michael Stevenson

    “Why do some British people not like Donald Trump?” Nate White, an articulate and witty writer from England wrote the following response

    A few things spring to mind.

    Trump lacks certain qualities which the British traditionally esteem.

    For instance, he has no class, no charm, no coolness, no credibility, no compassion, no wit, no warmth, no wisdom, no subtlety, no sensitivity, no self-awareness, no humility, no honour and no grace – all qualities, funnily enough, with which his predecessor Mr. Obama was generously blessed.

    So for us, the stark contrast does rather throw Trump’s limitations into embarrassingly sharp relief.

    Plus, we like a laugh. And while Trump may be laughable, he has never once said anything wry, witty or even faintly amusing – not once, ever.
    I don’t say that rhetorically, I mean it quite literally: not once, not ever. And that fact is particularly disturbing to the British sensibility – for us, to lack humour is almost inhuman.

    But with Trump, it’s a fact. He doesn’t even seem to understand what a joke is – his idea of a joke is a crass comment, an illiterate insult, a casual act of cruelty.

    Trump is a troll. And like all trolls, he is never funny and he never laughs; he only crows or jeers.

    And scarily, he doesn’t just talk in crude, witless insults – he actually thinks in them. His mind is a simple bot-like algorithm of petty prejudices and knee-jerk nastiness.

    There is never any under-layer of irony, complexity, nuance or depth. It’s all surface.

    Some Americans might see this as refreshingly upfront.
    Well, we don’t. We see it as having no inner world, no soul.

    And in Britain we traditionally side with David, not Goliath. All our heroes are plucky underdogs: Robin Hood, Dick Whittington, Oliver Twist.
    Trump is neither plucky, nor an underdog. He is the exact opposite of that.
    He’s not even a spoiled rich-boy, or a greedy fat-cat.

    He’s more a fat white slug. A Jabba the Hutt of privilege.

    And worse, he is that most unforgivable of all things to the British: a bully.
    That is, except when he is among bullies; then he suddenly transforms into a snivelling sidekick instead.

    There are unspoken rules to this stuff – the Queensberry rules of basic decency – and he breaks them all. He punches downwards – which a gentleman should, would, could never do – and every blow he aims is below the belt. He particularly likes to kick the vulnerable or voiceless – and he kicks them when they are down.

    So the fact that a significant minority – perhaps a third – of Americans look at what he does, listen to what he says, and then think ‘Yeah, he seems like my kind of guy’ is a matter of some confusion and no little distress to British people, given that:
    • Americans are supposed to be nicer than us, and mostly are.
    • You don’t need a particularly keen eye for detail to spot a few flaws in the man.

    This last point is what especially confuses and dismays British people, and many other people too; his faults seem pretty bloody hard to miss.
    After all, it’s impossible to read a single tweet, or hear him speak a sentence or two, without staring deep into the abyss. He turns being artless into an art form; he is a Picasso of pettiness; a Shakespeare of shit. His faults are fractal: even his flaws have flaws, and so on ad infinitum.
    God knows there have always been stupid people in the world, and plenty of nasty people too. But rarely has stupidity been so nasty, or nastiness so stupid.

    He makes Nixon look trustworthy and George W look smart.
    In fact, if Frankenstein decided to make a monster assembled entirely from human flaws – he would make a Trump.

    And a remorseful Doctor Frankenstein would clutch out big clumpfuls of hair and scream in anguish:
    ‘My God… what… have… I… created?

    1. McD, you might want to take something for your Trump Derangement Syndrome. Get over it, your crooked girl lost in ’16.

    1. As of 04/17/2020 04:40PM, the Laws database is current through 2020 Chapters 1-25, 50-56, 58, 59
      Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law

      § 621. Annual and special reports. Within one hundred twenty days
      after the end of the fiscal year of the corporation, the directors
      thereof shall submit to the governor, the legislature, the racing and
      wagering board and the state comptroller a complete and detailed report
      setting forth:
      1. Its operations and accomplishments during such fiscal year;
      2. Its receipts and expenditures during such fiscal year in accordance
      with categories or classifications established by the corporation for
      its own operating and capital outlay purposes;
      3. Its assets and liabilities at the end of such fiscal year including
      a schedule of its bonds, notes or other obligations and the status of
      reserves, depreciation, special, sinking or other funds;
      4. Details of branch offices being planned or in the process of being
      constructed or otherwise established and branch offices that have been
      constructed or established;
      5. Such other information relating to the operations of the
      corporation as shall be requested by any party receiving such report.

  22. Nassau OTB Board of Drectors announces that all meetings will be streamed over live over the internet. The Board conducts all business out of sight and befirehsnd and simply approves whatever Joseph G Cairo/Arthur Walsh causes to be put before them. Nassau OTB employees, are too scared, busy, disilusioned, and or delusional to ever attend a Board Meeting. No is the pefect time for gluff snd stuff to be streamed to the world. This is a proud prestation brought to you by
    Nassau OTB Directors Joseph Bentivegna, Eric A Harkin, Frank Destefano.

  23. John, Please delete my last post. No one wins when we resort to rock throwing. Learned that from a West Pointer in my service days.

  24. please publish the wuarterly report for bettors and betting voters in the congressional district primary , peter king’s old district

    As of 04/17/2020 04:40PM, the Laws database is current through 2020 Chapters 1-25, 50-56, 58, 59
    Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law

    § 524. Reports, accounts, investigations. 1. The board shall,
    consistent with the powers of the department of taxation and finance,
    prescribe uniform methods of keeping accounts, records and books to be
    observed by regional corporations. The board shall, consistent with the
    powers of the department of taxation and finance, prescribe by order
    forms of accounts, records and memoranda to be kept by such
    corporations. The board shall have power to visit, investigate, and
    place expert accountants, or such other persons as it may deem
    necessary, in the offices, or other places of business of any such
    corporation for the purpose of seeing that the provisions of this
    chapter and the rules and regulations issued by the board thereunder are
    strictly complied with. Upon a finding by the board of a reasonable
    basis to believe that any such offtrack betting corporation is not
    complying with the rules and regulations of the board or with applicable
    provisions of law, the board, after providing a written report setting
    forth its findings, may by a majority vote direct such corporation to
    cause its business and managerial practices to be audited at its own
    expense to ensure that such corporation complies with the rules and
    regulations of the board or any applicable provision of law.
    2. Each regional corporation approved by the board to conduct
    off-track pari-mutuel betting shall submit daily accounting reports to
    the board, within forty-eight hours after each racing day, accounting
    for all tickets sold and winning tickets cashed or refunds and such
    other information as the board may require. Copies of such daily reports
    shall be submitted to each racing association or corporation conducting
    races on which off-track wagers were accepted by such regional
    corporation.
    3. Quarterly financial statements shall be submitted by each
    corporation to the board within fifteen days after the end of each
    calendar quarter, and shall include a balance sheet, a statement of
    revenue net of expenses, statement of cash flow, a breakdown of
    operating and administrative expenses for the quarter preceding
    submission of the report and for the year to date. All such reports
    shall be subject to audit by the state comptroller and shall be public
    records.
    4. The reports required under this section shall be in such form and
    contain such other matters as the board may determine from time to time
    to be necessary to disclose accurately the financial condition and
    operation of such corporations. Each regional corporation shall submit a
    copy of the corporation’s annual budget to the board no later than
    twenty days following approval of such budget by the corporation’s board
    of directors. The board may for good cause shown grant a reasonable
    extension of time for the filing of any such report.

  25. With the mountains of debt increasing each day at all levels of government,, just how will payrolls and pension liabilities for local, city and state retirees ever be paid? Will it all be monetized away by printing more and more money? Can’t end well.

  26. Some government pension systems are so poorly funded that they face what’s known as a liquidity crisis—when a system has so little cash on hand that it must sell assets at a loss just to pay current benefits. In a report last September, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s identified eight seriously underfunded state and local pension systems that could soon face such crises—including the New Jersey state teachers’ fund, which has just 25 percent of the money it needs on hand to finance its future obligations, and the Chicago police retirement system, with only one-fifth of the assets it needs.

  27. this disease means th end of in person otb for a long time if not more/the useless people can collect apension for their so called work they shouldn’t hesitate/this is similar in a way to school people who work 9 months at huge pay/ vs the many unemployed with nothing but unemploym insurance/ temporarily although can be as high as 1100 a week with the fed 600 stim. I dont see how fast tracks will work hard core players dont go there and they are restaurants which will have little interst in sam machine betting/and cant fix a problem I have been to one or 2/most hard core branch bettors dont use a adw/now live racing is cancelled for fansthere may be one fast track that has bigger bettors still how do you cash a big ticket or irs at a fast track/the adws I use allow overnite betting/and you dont have to kinteract/ and pay immediately/the branch betting is a thing of the past now with covid/and social distancing even casino betting is ruined/restaurants will close with fewer tables and long waits cant eat with mask on or drink in abar /many jobs lost no more drink /seems like they will stop smoking in all casinos/saw a video on wynn vegas and sounds real antiseptic/many wont bother atlantic city buses will be empty if they go at all/and cant make money

  28. How and where can I collect winnings. I have no printer. Is this possible at race palace or in Hempstead ? It’s June 14 th 2000. Thanks to anyone with answer.

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