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NYSNYS NEWS: Cuomo signs bills on Saratoga hotel tax, water district land swap, OTB funds for Casino and Raceway.
NYSNYS News
NYSNYS NEWS: Cuomo signs bills on Saratoga hotel tax, water district land swap, OTB funds for Casino and Raceway.

By Kyle Hughes
NYSNYS News


ALBANY, N.Y. (September 28) Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed a bill to funnel hotel occupancy tax money to the new Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership Inc. to promote tourism.

The bill sponsored by Assembly member Carrie Woerner (D-Round Lake) and Senator Kathy Marchione (R-Halfmoon) allocates 50 percent of the money collected through the hotel and motel tax to the Prosperity Partnership. The total is estimated at up to $500,000 a year.

The County board of supervisors created the new group after it cut ties to the Saratoga Economic Development Corp. in 2013. SEDC is an independent group that was partly funded by the county, and it rebuffed efforts by county officials to appoint members of its board. The Prosperity Partnership's Board chairman is Supervisor Jack Lawler of Waterford.

The bill was among more than 100 signed recently by Cuomo.

He also signed a land swap between Saratoga County and the county's Water Authority. The transfer of two five acre tracts are necessary because of a needed improvements and upgrades to a water plant that purifies Hudson River water for use by GlobalFoundries and other users.

A third bill signed by Cuomo lets the owners of Saratoga Casino and Raceway continue to receive regional track payments from the Capital OTB betting operation. The bill memo says the track's owners are reorganizing its corporate structure, and the payments would halt without the change in state law.

The exception given to Saratoga County to continue to collect the OTB money is only granted to one other county, Tioga, also home to a harness track.

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