The Long Island Association, the area's biggest business lobbying organization, is advocating shutting down Thoroughbred horse racing in New York City and shifting it all to Belmont Park, most of which is located in Elmont, in Nassau County.
With the New York State Budget due for action on April 1, the LIA is aiming to influence the state legislature's monetary and policy decisions.
The association’s president, Kevin Law, told Newsday the move from Aqueduct in South Ozone Park in the Borough of Queens to Elmont would create an entertainment center that would include the race track and a new sports arena that will eventually be a new home for the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.
“If you had year-round racing there,” Law said, “you could really make the Belmont property a year-round sports and entertainment destination. The two uses would feed off each other and free up Aqueduct for redevelopment.”
Aqueduct presently houses the race track and the Resorts Casino.
The LIA is also backing a proposed college of veterinary medicine at Long Island University.
Plans to build the hockey arena at on Belmont Park's property were announced in December.
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