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Monticello issues response to horsemen
Monday, February 17, 2014 - from Empire Resorts/Monticello Casino & Raceway

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Editor's Note: The following is a statement from Charles Degliomini, Executive Vice President, Empire Resorts/Monticello Casino & Raceway. It is presented here unedited, and does not necessarily represent the opinions or views of the United States Trotting Association.

Monticello Casino & Raceway (“MC&R”) continues to support the Upstate New York Gaming Economic Development Act (“Gaming Act”). When they authored the Gaming Act, the Senate, Assembly and the Executive protected the Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association (“MHHA”), and the entire racing industry.

As New York State moves toward approving four casinos in upstate New York, future revenue for the horsemen is governed by the Gaming Act, and current revenue is governed by the New York State Lottery for Education Law.

It is sad and unfortunate that we are being attacked for legislation that actually protects harness horsemen’s interests.

While MC&R continues in good faith, through negotiation and mediation, to attempt to secure an agreement with MHHA, the MHHA is now attempting to amend a law that they don’t like by unfairly punishing our business, our employees, our loyal customers and even their own members.

We are simply track owners, not elected officials.

The MHHA should stop this destructive behavior and turn the simulcasting signal back on.


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