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Although the new  Republican majority on the Nassau Legislature moved quickly in January to appoint a new three-member board for the county's Off-Track Betting agency, the new directors have yet to be approved by the State Racing and Wagering Board.

No surprise there. The state board is controlled by Democrats and political pundits had predicted from the start that there may be some foot-dragging in appointing Republican nominees to run an agency that has been always been a source of patronage jobs for the party in power.

Last month, the outgoing Democratic OTB management went to court when the new Republican appointed directors attempted to install GOP operative Joseph Cairo as the Nassau agency's new president, replacing Democrat Dino Amoroso.

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A Schenectady judge ruled the new directors could not act until the state board approved them and set a March 25 hearing, which has now been adjourned to April 30.

Attorney John Ryan, representing the three Republican nominees, said he was told by the Racing and Wagering Board that a background check on the new directors would be completed next week.

Does that mean the new board will be official then? "Maybe," Ryan said cautiously. "I take it a day at a time."



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