Sparks fly at NYRA Public Hearing

A public hearing held by the New York Racing Association at Belmont Park June 15 was intended to focus on racing, wagering, and marketing, but within minutes of its 9:30 a.m. EDT start, it turned into an acrimonious, impromptu union meeting.

Dozens of NYRA employees and union representatives packed the small room in which the meeting was held, demanding to know why NYRA had spent “$1 million” on a mural and increased compensation to management while members of the labor forces worked for what were described as “poverty wages.” It was revealed in 2012 that NYRA had commissioned a $250,000 mural by Peb to update his original painting that hangs in Belmont’s clubhouse and depicts the history of New York racing.

Read more at The Blood-Horse

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