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NY horse racing, Watkins Glen racetrack to reopen with no fans, Cuomo says

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Posted at 1:38 PM, May 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-16 14:06:33-04

NEW YORK — New York will take another step toward reopening its economy going into the summer by allowing horse racing tracks and Watkins Glen International auto racing to reopen on June 1, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday.

Cuomo, however, was quick to add a caveat: “No crowds. No fans.”

New York Sen. Todd Kaminsky, who represents Nassau County and has been advocating for horse racing at Belmont Park to resume, praised the decision.

“Thank you to Gov. Cuomo for opening racing at Belmont, a crown jewel in Nassau which, even without fans in the stands, will generate economic activity," Kaminsky said. "There is also little risk here since most employees are already on the grounds."

The governor also announced residents of Westchester and Suffolk counties will again be eligible for elective surgeries and ambulatory care.

Meanwhile, the number of NYPD officers calling in sick during the coronavirus pandemic has hit a new low.