http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/02/nyreg ... .html?_r=1
Though much of its fleet has aged, OTB bought four new Ford Explorers in 2007. One went to its in-house lobbyist. That came as OTB hired Park Strategies, a lobbying firm founded by former Senator Alfonse M. D’Amato, under a no-bid contract for $12,000 a month, a move also criticized by the comper…..
“I tell you what,” said a man with a long gray ponytail who would identify himself only as George, “my bookie in the Bronx don’t have this problem. He always has money. Nowhere else in the world does a bookie lose money.”