Cornell president to chair New York Racing Association reorganization board

October 18, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York legislative leaders say Cornell University President Dr. David Skorton will chair the New York Racing Association Reorganization Board.

The board's 17 directors are supposed to reshape management of thoroughbred racing in the state.

A statute enacted earlier this year gives the governor majority control of the NYRA board for three years to reorganize the private entity, which runs racing at the Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga tracks. 

The new directors include eight appointed by Cuomo, two each by the state Senate and Assembly and five chosen by the former NYRA board.

The board is expected to conduct a national search for a new chief executive and general counsel.

Skorton, a cardiologist, is a professor of biomedical engineering.