NYRA staffing moves under criticism
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NEW YORK STATE -- The State Racing and Wagering and Franchise Oversight Boards are weighing in on the latest personnel moves by NYRA and not favorably.
In a letter to NYRA’s Chairman, board members question the validity and timing of the latest staffing moves and say NYRA is not acting in the best interest of racing.
The criticism is specific to NYRA’s move Monday to elevate Ellen McClain to President, replacing ousted leader Charlie Hayward.
The letter says the move is premature until a formal investigation can determine whether McClain played any role in knowingly overcharging bettors as a report prepared by gaming and wagering alleges.
McClain had previously served as NYRA’s Chief Operating Officer.
NYRA’s spokesperson says the letter has been forwarded to its attorneys and they will respond after they’ve had a chance to review.