Charles Hayward, the former chief executive officer of the New York Racing Association, issued a statement on Thursday because of a story in the Times Union about his pursuit of a severance package.
He declined to confirm his quest for payment under the terms of his management contract, but released these comments through Behan Communications:
“Nearly nine months ago, my employment with the New York Racing Association was terminated arbitrarily and without cause, one week after the publication of an inaccurate “interim” report by the State Racing and Wagering Board. The NYRA board of directors denied my request for an opportunity to challenge the false
allegations in the report or set the record straight.
The publication of the interim report led to two investigations. I have cooperated fully with both an internal NYRA investigation and with the New York Inspector General’s investigation. To date, no report of either investigation has been issued to the public.
The allegations in the interim report were false.
I did not act improperly in any way with respect to the “takeout” issue. I acted with complete integrity at all times during the 7 1/2 years I served NYRA, as I have throughout my career. I am proud
of my contributions to NYRA and to New York racing, which today is widely regarded as the best in the country. Since May 2012, I have waited patiently for the matter of my improper termination to be satisfactorily addressed. I had an employment agreement with NYRA and met all of my obligations. I expect NYRA to do the same.”
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