AMHERST, NY-- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Monday announced that New York Racing Association Inc.'s vendor for telephone betting services, Churchill Downs Technology Initiatives Company, will open a call center in Amherst, bringing up to 60 jobs to the area.
"I am pleased that we were able to bring these jobs back to New York," Governor Cuomo said. "The proposal to move these jobs out of state should never have happened and I want to thank NYRA and ESD for their hard work in reaching this agreement and preserving these New York-based jobs."
John D. Sabini, Chairman of the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, said, "This is a winning solution for taxpayers, the racing industry and the countless dedicated workers who keep world-class racing thriving in the Empire State. Governor Cuomo's commitment to putting New Yorkers back to work is exemplified with this result, and as the regulatory body that oversees NYRA, it was paramount to the Racing and Wagering Board that these jobs remain in New York State. I applaud Governor Cuomo, ESD and NYRA for working together to reach this conclusion."
NYRA operates thoroughbred racing at Aqueduct Racetrack in South Ozone Park in Queens, Belmont Park in Elmont on Long Island, and Saratoga Race Course north of Albany in Saratoga Springs.
Officials say NYRA tracks contribute more than $2 billion annually to New York State's economy. In 2010, more than 1.6 million people attended the live races at NYRA tracks.
For more information, log onto NYRA's website.