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OC Legislature Supports Disbanding Regional OTB

Goshen - Ever since the pandemic, Catskill Regional Off-Track Betting parlors have been shuttered and they have never reopened.

The agency has been spending down its capital funds to pay bills and salaries of the few left in its administration.

The Orange County Legislature, meanwhile, is supporting a component in the governor’s proposed budget that would disband that OTB region and allow counties to join another regional unit.

Legislator Kevin Hines of Cornwall is a member of the Rules Committee that discussed the move on Wednesday.

“We knew at one point there was $12 million, they were losing money and they were going to use their capital account to run. They have been doing that since and they are just bleeding money that, if we had disbanded a long time ago, we probably could have gotten a share of that,” he said.

There have been no OTB board meetings held in years and Donald Groth, who for decades was the president of Catskill Regional Off-Track Betting, quietly retired at the end of 2022 and an interim president has been appointed.

Source: Mid-Hudson News

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