GOSHEN – In the wake of a recently released state inspector general’s report outlining the mismanagement of the Catskill Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation by its president, Donald Groth, local lawmakers in Orange County are calling for his removal and replacement of the board of directors.
Top officials in eight of the 10 counties in the Off-Track Betting region have written to state legislators asking them to look into the situation, said Legislator Kathy Stegenga, chairwoman of the Gaming Committee.
“To take steps to take over the actual Catskill (OTB). It would be to disband everybody who has been on that commission at this point and basically start from new with each of us appointing new people to the board that we feel would be able to either look at restructuring it the right way or completely disbanding it,” she said.
Since the OTB headquarters are in Rockland County where much of the alleged improprieties occurred, the lawmakers also plan to write to the Rockland District Attorney and the US Attorney’s Office, urging them to look into the situation.
The state report, written some five years ago, was made public just weeks ago and it outlined cluttered OTB headquarters, rented warehouses with nothing but old, broken equipment, that Groth has had a longstanding romantic relationship with one of his employees and other issues.
The Catskill Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation includes the Hudson Valley counties as well as Broome and Chemung counties.