NY racetracks generating big bucks for schools
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New York Gaming Association (NYGA) members continue to produce significant funding for New York's schools, generating over $71 million for public education in July, according to data available on the Division of Lottery's website. In addition to directly funding New York's public schools, the monthly payments help keep property taxes down for all New Yorkers by offsetting the cost of education. Funding for education by NYGA members increased by nearly $3.2 million from June.
"Month after month, and year after year, New York Gaming Association members generate critical funding that goes directly to support education,” said James Featherstonhaugh, president of NYGA. "Our members are proud of the reliable contributions we make that help to control property taxes as well as support educational programs for our schools.”
New York Gaming Association members currently employ more than 5,500 New Yorkers and have, over their history, generated $3.3 billion for education, more than $170 million in aid for local governments and $715 million in support of the New York State racing & breeding industry, impacting family farms and preserving open space.
The New York Gaming Association (NYGA) is comprised of the nine racetrack casinos located at harness and thoroughbred racing venues throughout the state. NYGA members include, Resorts World Casino New York at Aqueduct Racetrack, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, Saratoga Casino & Raceway, Finger Lakes Casino & Racetrack, Empire Resorts/Monticello Casino & Raceway, Hamburg Casino at Buffalo Raceway, Tioga Downs Casino, Vernon Downs Casino & Hotel and Batavia Downs Casino.