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May 21, 2010

NYRA notifies employees of pending closures




Elmont, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced Friday that it has notified its employees of the pending end of racing operations and track closings on Wednesday, June 9. The NYRA operates Belmont Park, Saratoga Race Course and Aqueduct Racetrack.

The notices, sent out on Thursday, were necessary due to the financial problems that the organization is having. More than 1,400 employees received the notices in accord to the requirements of the Federal and New York State Workers Adjustment and Retraining Notification Acts.

While the NYRA is pursuing solutions with the State of New York that would avoid the end of racing operations, it is still likely that layoffs would begin as soon as June 9.

The NYRA is franchised by the State of New York to operate the three racetracks through 2033.

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