Dec. 7, 2010 By Christian Murray
New York City’s Off-Tracking Betting Corp. is slated to close midnight Tuesday, leading to the shuttering of 50 betting shops. These closures include the branch in Sunnyside and the one in Woodside.
The OTB needed Albany lawmakers to approve a restructuring plan to preserve the bankrupt New York City Off-Track Betting Corp. Today, the State Senate voted down the bill, 29 to 21.
The lack of funding will lead to the firing of more than 800 workers in New York City.
There are two parlors in Sunnyside/Woodside:
- 44-05 Queens Boulevard (44th & 45th Streets)
- 62-17 Roosevelt Ave.(62nd Street)
Right on Alice! People are free to choose how they spend their money.
I agree. I’m not looking for someone for my daughter, so I would prefer the building to have someone in it. To many empty stores already.
I never had a problem with the OTB. I’d rather them than a shuttered building!
This should put a lot of elderly men onto the streets with nothing to do. Perhaps they could enlist in Community Services?
are you saying my father was a low-life because he liked to bet on the horses sometimes. maybe this was the only enjoyment some people had, and who are we to tell people what to do with their money.
Thank god, that OTB on Queens Blvd. was a weeping eyesore. Do you see who patronizes that place? Old dudes who are spending the few dollars they have on the horses rather than feeding themselves or paying their rent. Sure, some people will lose their jobs, but the patrons will be better off and have more money in their pockets. Good riddance.
This is why government shouldn’t meddle in business. They can’t even run a legal bookie operation without losing a ton of $$$.
why do we wait until the last minute to resolve problems or to bring them to life. I do not go to the otb but I always see alot of people inside .I would hate for more people to be out of work before the holidays plus see another store closing as well.