Minority owner ends relationship with Vernon Downs

By NEWSChannel 2 Staff

VERNON, N.Y. (WKTV) - The Minority Owner of Vernon Downs says that he and his family are ending their involvement with the racino.

Gary A. Greenberg says that after discussions with close family and friends, his family has decided to end their relationship with Vernon Downs "in protest of recent events."

In an email statement, Greenberg said:

"Our late grandfather Bill Rosen invested in Mid-State Raceway Inc in the mid-1950's. The objective over the last 20 years was to get a full casino. Vernon Downs has survived, despite being faced with illegal and unfair competition in Turning Stone. There have been choices made to give Turning Stone a monopoly and exclusive rights in Central New York to a full casino. The majority owner of Vernon Downs approved of this fact with Governor Cuomo's office. This will allow the unfair and illegal policy of Turning Stone not paying any property taxes to continue."

Greenberg went on to ask the county legislatures in both Oneida and Madison Counties to reject what he said was "a rushed agreement." Greenberg also asked residents of both counties need to contact county legislators and urge them not to pass the agreement as well.

"We thank the employees, customers, horsemen and other shareholders for making Vernon Downs what it is today," Greenberg closed out the statement. "A beautiful harness track in Central New York who has earned the right to bid on a full casino."

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