State Assemblyman Roy McDonald, R-Saratoga, was a member of the Saratoga Board of Supervisors when VLTs were first slated to come into the city. The agreement was that cities and municipalities would get a share of the revenue. McDonald is also a member of the Assembly Racing and Wagering Committee and voted against freeing up $60 million in state funds for eight state racecourses that host VLTs. The measure was voted down 8 to 2.
According to McDonald, the measure that would have allocated $6.2 million for Saratoga didn't go far enough to secure future profit sharing. And not doing so without a racing franchise agreement in place would be bad practice, he said.
"It was not a way to do business with the franchise outstanding. We have to have a better way for doing this. Too much money is going to the state," McDonald said.
The measure doesn't protect his constitutes and doesn't serve their interests, he said. The list of recipients included operators at Saratoga Gaming and Raceway.
The VLTs make more money than horse racing, said McDonald. They contribute to larger purses during the Saratoga track season and help make and keep the Saratoga track what it is, he said.""