At the January 17th Village Board Meeting Deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald discussed Floral Park’s renewed call for a Belmont Park Community Advisory Board.
Deputy Mayor Fitzgerald stated:
“Separately, according to a news story over this past weekend, the Senate Racing and Wagering Committee were scheduled to meet on January 17th to discuss the potential end of state control over NYRA. The list of invited speakers was the Saratoga Chamber of Commerce and the Saratoga Community Advisory Board. Noticing there was no representation for Belmont Park, Trustee Fitzgerald penned a letter to Senator John Bonacic, the Chairman of the Committee. In the letter, Trustee Fitzgerald informed the Senator that Floral Park, along with the communities that surround Belmont Park, also have a stake in the potential privatization of NYRA and its implications. In addition, Trustee Fitzgerald asked the Senator to establish a Belmont Community Advisory Board similar to the one in Saratoga with Floral Park being a part of it. Separately, the Village reached out to our local state representatives to alert them of our letter.”
Attached is a copy of the letter sent by Deputy Mayor Fitzgerald to the New York State Racing and Wagering Committee, also below is a link to an article from Island Now regarding the same.