The Albany (NY) Times-Union newspaper has reported that Tim Gordin, executive director of the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, has been dismissed. The newspaper's story said directors of the state public authority dedicated to improving horse breeding removed the former assemblyman serving as executive director for "alleged mismanagement, including hiring friends."
Gordon, 51, was paid $87,500 a year. He was appointed to the breeding fund in March 2011 after losing his Assembly seat.
The Times-Union story stated, "State officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity said Gordon was faulted for allegedly trying to hire friends, and putting some of them on the payroll as consultants to get around board approval. A contract for accounting was flagged in a Racing and Wagering Board review."
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The New York State Racing & Wagering Board issued the following statement: "The Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and New York Sire Stakes' business will continue unabated and will be carried out primarily by the New York Harness Horse Breeders. Calls and e-mails to the Fund are being routed to and handled by the HHB. Award distributions will not be affected and daily operations of the Fund's business will not be negatively impacted. The Sire Stakes program will continue with no interruption."