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New NYRA board to open up to public

New NYRA board to open up to public

The newly reformulated New York Racing Association will have public hearings at its three race track

The newly reformulated New York Racing Association will have public hearings at its three race tracks and also hold open board meetings.

NYRA board Chairman David Skorton announced plans Wednesday to reach out to all the stakeholders in thoroughbred racing. This effort will include public hearings at its tracks at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga.

Additionally, Skorton said he welcomes interest in future NYRA board meetings.

"Meetings of this board will be open, in accordance with the state’s Open Meetings Law," he said in a statement. "Meetings have yet to be scheduled, but the first will be in Manhattan in December 2012."

This board meeting policy represents a huge change from the old board and represents a change that John Hendrickson, the Saratoga Springs advisor to the new board, has called for.

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