No Horse Racing Agreement, Says Joe Bruno [updated]Horse racing horse racing, trials of speed involving two or more horses. It includes races among harnessed horses with one of two particular gaits, among saddled Thoroughbreds (or, less frequently, quarterhorses) on a flat track, or among saddled horses over a turf course with in New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of will "continue unabated un·a·bat·ed
Sustaining an original intensity or maintaining full force with no decrease: an unabated windstorm; a battle fought with unabated violence. tomorrow" even though legislators have not reached the end of a negotiation period that has dragged on for months. N.Y.R.A.'s current contract will expire tomorrow without a replacement, according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. a statement by Joe Bruno.
As he has in the past, Bruno blamed Eliot Spitzer Eliot Laurence Spitzer (born June 10 1959 ) is an American lawyer, politician and the current Governor of New York. Spitzer was elected governor in the November 2006 election. and Sheldon Silver Sheldon Silver (born February 13, 1944) is a politician and member of the Democratic Party, currently serving as Speaker of New York State Assembly. Personal life
An Orthodox Jew of eastern European descent, Silver has lived all his life on Manhattan's Lower East Side. .
"Negotiations have been very constructive over the last several weeks. However, we have been unable to get the Governor's staff to meet with us since Friday in an effort to resolve remaining differences. For months I have called for open public leaders meetings to reach an agreement by the end of the year. The Governor and Speaker have rejected those calls. Today, I am renewing that call and asking Governor Spitzer and Speaker Silver to conduct a public meeting on January 2nd to finalize fi·nal·ize
tr.v. fi·nal·ized, fi·nal·iz·ing, fi·nal·iz·es
To put into final form; complete or conclude: "They have jointly agreed ... an agreement. I am confident that our differences can be resolved."
What does this say for the chances of an on-time budget next year?
UPDATE: The interim agreement will last until January 23, according to Eliot Spitzer's statement, which also notes, "The Governor's Office has been in daily contact with representatives of the State Senate, the Assembly and NYRA NYRA New York Racing Association
NYRA National Youth Rights Association
NYRA New York Restaurant Association ".
Here's Buno's whole email:
STATEMENT BY SENATE MAJORITY LEADER JOSEPH L. BRUNO It is apparent that no agreement will be reached today on the future of the racing franchise in New York. However, while the year is ending at midnight, racing in New York will continue unabated tomorrow. It was my hope that we would announce an agreement today between the Governor and Legislature on legislation to establish a long term solution for racing. However, those efforts were hindered by NYRA's intransigence in·tran·si·gent also in·tran·si·geant
Refusing to moderate a position, especially an extreme position; uncompromising.
[French intransigeant, from Spanish intransigente : on remaining issues that would assure accountability and oversight to prevent the mistakes of the past from occurring in the future. As I have said all along, it is clear that the old racing model does not work and that significant changes are needed to make racing even better for the horsemen, for communities that host the tracks, for employees of the racing industry and for the fans. That is our goal and it is one we will achieve. Negotiations have been very constructive over the last several weeks. However, we have been unable to get the Governor's staff to meet with us since Friday in an effort to resolve remaining differences. For months I have called for open public leaders meetings to reach an agreement by the end of the year. The Governor and Speaker have rejected those calls. Today, I am renewing that call and asking Governor Spitzer and Speaker Silver to conduct a public meeting on January 2nd to finalize an agreement. I am confident that our differences can be resolved. Any new racing model must include a reconstituted NYRA board that is more representative of the industry, and includes members with racing expertise as well as others who can assure the integrity of racing in New York State. And while NYRA will continue to run racing, any franchise agreement must include reviews every three years to provide greater accountability, transparency (1) The quality of being able to see through a material. The terms transparency and translucency are often used synonymously; however, transparent would technically mean "seeing through clear glass," while translucent would mean "seeing through frosted glass." See alpha blending. and oversight. We must also put in place guarantees for the horsemen that purses will be sufficient to ensure the best quality racing. And we must include community input by host communities on development and other issues going forward. In any long term commitment, we must continue to seek the involvement and input of people with the appropriate skills and expertise to help us as we pursue development issues and other gaming issues. This new model is one that can provide a sounder financial deal for taxpayers. The law we adopted that established the oversight board has assured the continuity of racing in this state. However, we must redouble re·dou·ble
v. re·dou·bled, re·dou·bling, re·dou·bles
1. To double.
2. To repeat.
3. Games To double the doubling bid of (an opponent) in bridge.
v. our efforts to resolve whatever outstanding issues remain as soon as possible to ensure that long into the future, racing fans will be able to experience the greatest horse racing in the world right here in New York State.