Colonie resident behind track’s success

Gary Greenberg’s lobbying has helped Vernon Downs move into the future

— “With that, Vernon Downs would spend another $8 million renovating the facility to make that accessible,” he said. “This would create more jobs and more revenue.”

Greenberg was invited by Gural to help cut the ribbon at the event introducing the new events center. It was a big moment for him, he said, as he has put in a lot of hard work into the project. His only reward has been to watch Vernon Downs grow.

“He’s always been doing his best to comment on the issues,” said Gural. “He’s always been an advocate for Vernon Downs, and I’ve always appreciated his support. I think it helped. It always helps to have people who know their local politician to help weigh in on an issue.”

What has really fueled Greenberg’s lobbying efforts is the shadow Turning Stone Casino has cast over Vernon Downs. Greenberg said it isn’t fair the casino doesn’t have to pay any state, federal or corporate taxes. This is something he believes has really hurt Vernon Downs.

“Once Turning Stone came in, that sort of aggravated me,” he said. “Not that it doesn’t deserve to be where it is, but they never have to pay anything. To me, that was always unfair. It motivated me to stay involved. They should be forced to pay taxes just like everyone else.”

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