Inspector General Releases Historic Horse Racing Investigations – Saratogian
ALBANY, NY – New York State Inspector General Lucy Lang recently announced the release of historic horse racing investigative documents online as part of her ongoing efforts to increase transparency in the work from his office.
The release of the 15 documents marks an important milestone in the Inspector General’s ongoing efforts to help ensure the integrity of all lawful gaming in New York State, for the benefit of New Yorkers everywhere.
On November 29, 2021 – Lang’s first day on the job – the Inspector General’s office released 59 landmark advisory letters to state agencies and authorities outlining relevant findings and recommendations on matters that were referred to the office. . The next set of historical documents released today – 15 comprehensive reports and letters from the former Inspector General of Gaming involving horse racing between 2015 and 2021 – are now available on the “Public Information” page of www.ig.ny .gov (note the filters for “Reports” and “Letters” in the left column).
The continued publication of historic advisory letters and investigative reports is part of the Inspector General’s Open Government Initiative, mandated by Governor Kathy Hochul.
“Since the day I took office, we have made transparency a cornerstone of this office, setting a new standard of trust in Albany for the people we serve,” Lang said.
“Today’s announcement reflects the transfer of the Inspector General of Gaming to our office as part of the state budget passed last year. These newly released reports are comprehensive and thorough, and all New Yorkers deserve to see first-hand the great work done by the Inspector General of Gaming. We will continue to be at the forefront of innovation, integrity and transparency,” Lang added.
The Gaming Inspector General, originally created within the Gaming Commission by statute in 2013, was transferred to the Offices of the State Inspector General in June 2021 as part of the budget of the New York State 2021-2022 passed. These newly released documents are released in conjunction with former Acting Inspector General for Gaming and current Deputy Inspector General for Gaming Lisa Lee as part of Inspector General Lang’s commitment to transparency.
Portions of the records have been redacted due to confidentiality concerns and exceptions to disclosure as required by New York’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIL). The Office of the Inspector General will continue to issue additional historical newsletters on a regular basis.
The following documents are now online:
• Gaming IG report: Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund (March 20, 2015)
• Gaming IG Report: Inappropriate Relationship Allegation (October 15, 2015)
• IG Gaming Report: Belmont Stakes Visitor Pass (April 14, 2017)
• Gaming IG Report: Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Development Fund Horse Registration (May 8, 2017)
• IG Gaming Report: Ferriero (February 26, 2018)
• IG Gaming Report: New York State Horse Breeding and Agricultural Development Fund NYSS Program (September 28, 2018)
• IG Gaming Report: Lewandowski (November 13, 2018)
• Gaming IG Report: NYS Thoroughbred Breeding & Development Fund (December 7, 2018)
• IG Gaming Report: Reese (March 18, 2019)
• IG Gaming Letter: Vernon Downs Vet (December 4, 2019)
• IG Gaming Report: Kellogg (April 10, 2020)
• Gaming IG Report: Vernon Downs Officials (May 22, 2020)
• IG Gaming Report: Marecki (March 30, 2021)
• IG Gaming Letter: Fantasy Sports Pool (April 1, 2021)
• IG Letter on Games: Fantasy Sports (April 16, 2021)
Further historical investigation reports and advisory letters will be posted on the Inspector General’s website as they become available.