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Governor Andrew Cuomo is leading a push to overhaul the States horse racing industry.

The Governor along with State lawmakers have announced a reform plan for the New York Racing Association.

The plan calls for a new advisory board with 17-members who have been appointed to restructure and reorganize NYRA over the next three years.

Recent allegations that the group withheld over $8-billion in winnings from bettors pushed the reform plan along.

Batavia Downs is a local business with horse racing.

President and CEO of Western Regional Off-Track Betting at Batavia Downs Michael Kane said the Governors plan is a very positive step.

“The integrity of the racing industry Statewide affects everyone involved in horse racing in New YorkState and I think that the Governor has made a strong statement and we support it fully,” said Kane.

Kane said he couldn’t go into details but, there were many different things that the former NYRA board did that was not in the best interest of racing. He said he’s sure the new board will help strengthen the states horse racing industry. 

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