NY politicianseasy on NYRA

Aug 19, 2003 4:45 AM

State politicians in Albany should be criticized for their hesitation to take any action against the New York Racing Association in the wake of alleged rapid corruption throughout the organization.

Despite the charges by State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, the NYRA is not likely to be forced into any sweeping changes under Gov. George Pataki’s administration. The reason being that the organization "offers state politicians tons of campaign cash and a rich chance to hang out at Saratoga with some of the richest swells in the country."

"Pataki received $220,000 from NYRA board members in the last five years and that Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno has received approximately $140,000 for his campaign committee since 1999."

New York Times

Maine rejects Vegas

A recent study on the national impact of gambling indicates that Americans lose more than $50 billion annually on legal wagering ”” and who knows how much more on the illegal, under the table variety that goes on in nearly every U.S. town.

The dollars people spend on gambling ares being frittered away. The lifestyle of Las Vegas seems diametrically opposed to the reasons many of us love Maine and have made it our home. We like the fact our state is away from all the hustle and bustle and a less complicated place to live.

Bar Harbor Times

KC calls Harvard

Kansas City’s Port Authority will pay Harvard University researchers $297,000 to study Missouri’s program allowing compulsive gamblers to ban themselves from casinos.

The Gaming Commission’s self-banning has been copied by several states. Since 1996, more than 5,700 people placed themselves on a Disassociated Persons List, which bans them for life from the state’s riverboat casinos.

By 2006 the Port Authority, Kansas City’s oversight agency for the Isle of Capri and Ameristar Casinos, will have received about $1 million in special payments from the two riverboats for its ongoing grant programs.

Lawrence (Kans.)
Journal World