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Nassau OTB transition: Amoroso out, Cairo awaits state OK

The transition from Democrat to Republican control at Nassau’s Off-Track Betting agency is nearly complete.

Effective Monday, Nassau OTB president Dino Amoroso is out and longtime North Valley Stream GOP leader Joseph Cairo is in — almost.

The state’s Racing and Wagering Board last week finally approved a new three-member Nassau OTB board appointed in January by the new Republican majority on the county  legislature.

Installed Thursday, the new board dumped Amoroso and named Cairo in his place, subject to state approval. The three new directors attempted to do this in March without state approval but were slapped down by a state judge.

Because state approval for a Cairo presidency probably won’t come for at least a month, the local board gave Cairo an interim title and made Board Chairman Joseph Bentivegna acting president until then, said GOP attorney John Ryan.

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