Some changes needed in how OTB gives out perks, but each county should have a rep on board
State Sen. Tim Kennedy’s OTB proposal may have some merit. The present makeup of the board should probably remain the same so that all counties involved carry the same weight regardless of population.
The changes that need to be made are the benefits the board members receive such as pay, insurance and tickets to events held in their suites.
Investigative Post checked into these benefits prior to Covid and nothing was resolved, (I was interviewed). A few years ago I was the recipient of Sabres and Bills tickets in their suite along with Disney on Ice and other events.
Suddenly all these benefits were gone for Batavia Downs patrons and apparently given to board members and their families. This is an unfair practice and should be made available again to people who frequent the casinos.
And, why only Republicans appointed to the Board from Orleans County? That definitely is an unfair practice so, yes, changes do need to be made.