Arlene Samos, a longtime Democratic Party activist, was named just before Christmas to join the three-member Suffolk Off-Track Betting board of directors, replacing board chairman Dominick Feeney, who died earlier this year.

Samos, a 20-year OTB veteran who retired seven years ago, was appointed at the last county legislature meeting of the year. The OTB board meets monthly and members make $250 per meeting. Another Democrat, Edward Wynn, has replaced Feeney as board chairman.

Phillip Nolan, OTB president, said Samos has been a valuable asset to the agency and helped develop the Qwik Bet program, which operates in 35 bars and restaurants throughout Suffolk County.