Friday, January 29, 2010

NYRA Cited For Pollution Violations -

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The New York Racing Association has been cited for pollution violations – including dumping manure from Belmont Park raceway into Jamaica Bay.

Belmont was also cited for pumping wastewater and other pollutants into the bay.

State records show 14 citations that could cost the cash-strapped racing operator hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Nine of the violations involve Belmont; two are at Saratoga, and another at Aqueduct in Queens.

The costly violations come as NYRA officials say they may need a $30 million state bailout if a plan to install video slot machines at Aqueduct is not approved soon.

NYRA declined to comment on the citations.