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Tuesday, December 14

Update from the inbox: Golden critical of Paterson's actions on OTB, Dems critical of Gibson-elected committe chair statements on bank regulation

Everybody is a critic.

State Senator Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) sent out a release today criticizing what he characterized as Governor Paterson's "paralysis" on saving NYC OTB.

He said Paterson has the authority to vest the operation of some of the NYC betting parlors temporarily with the New York State Racing Association; a deal I've heard little to nothing about from any of the agencies who would have to be involved in the process.

"The Governor could re-open about 30 of the 50 OTB parlors he closed and put people back to work tomorrow," Golden said. "This plan is a win-win for everyone affected by the OTB shutdown and will provide a short-term solution to reopen NYC OTB."

The statement also cites Paterson's "refusal" to consider legislation sponsored by Staten Island Republican Sen. Andrew Lanza and that he "ignored" the advice of his own OTB Task Force.

Golden is a member of the recently organized Senate Republican Task Force on the Revitalization of the Racing Industry, along with Sen. Farley and Sen. McDonald.

In national criticism; the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out a release asking if Rep.-elect Chris Gibson agrees with statements made by Rep. Spencer Bachus - voted to chair the Senate Financial Services Committee - on financial reform and regulation.

Bachus is quoted in a Birmingham News article as having said, "In Washington, the view is that the banks are to be regulated, and my view is that Washington and the regulators are there to serve the banks."

"Does Representative-elect Chris Gibson agree with his new Chairman that Congress serves big banks, not hardworking Americans?" asks the DCCC release.


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