Commissioner Mathiesen submitted a complaint to the Ethics Board arguing that given the nature of the services provided to the New York State Racing Association by the city, a request for a free box at the track by the mayor raises serious questions of propriety. The Ethics Board found no violation regarding the mayor’s request.
Personally, I have mixed feeling on the issue. What I found of particular interest, though, was the letter from Christopher Kay denying the request. It points out the thorny nature of politics for NYRA. I applaud Mr. Kay and NYRA’s rigorous policy in staying out of politics but I am a little skeptical about the motivation.
This is a link to the documents: Ethics_Inquiry Re Track Box