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Racing extended

But the temporary deal came amid last-minute negotiations that mean Spitzer and Senate Republican Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno will continue their tug of war over NYRA's future in the new legislative and budget season starting this month.

Bruno complained that his concerns -- about greater oversight of NYRA -- have been ignored.

"It was my hope that we would announce an agreement today between the governor and Legislature on legislation to establish a long-term solution for racing," he said in a written statement.

NYRA officials expressed their gratitude over the extension.

"On behalf of our fans, employees and the participants in the racing industry, NYRA wants to thank Governor Eliot Spitzer and Steven Newman, Chair of the Oversight Board, for their extraordinary efforts to continue racing at Aqueduct," they said in a written statement.

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