NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
December 3, 2013
Hearing Room C
Legislative Office Building
The equine industry is a critically important sector in the economy of New York State. According to the 2012 New York State Equine Industry Economic Impact Study, the equine industry generated $4.2 billion in statewide economic impact in 2011, which was about $92,100 per horse in both direct and indirect impacts such as operating costs and increased tourism, respectively. The study also noted that roughly 33,000 full time jobs are provided by the equine industry and that there are approximately 80 jobs per 100 horses. These jobs span across every region of the state and range from breeders, trainers, and backstretch workers to affiliated industries such as hay farmers and veterinarians. The members of the Standing Committee on Racing and Wagering would like to hear testimony about the impact the equine industry has on New York State and its economy, factors that enable the industry to grow, and in turn, allow New York State’s economy to continue to flourish.
Any persons invited to testify or wishing to present pertinent written testimony to the Committee at the above hearing should complete and return the enclosed reply form by Friday, November 29, 2013. It is important that the enclosed reply form be fully completed and returned so that persons may be notified in the event of emergency postponement or cancellation.
Oral testimony will be limited to ten minutes duration. In preparing the order of witnesses, the Committee will attempt to accommodate individual requests to speak at particular times in view of special circumstances. These requests should be made on the attached reply form or communicated to Committee staff as early as possible.
Ten copies of any prepared testimony should be submitted at the hearing registration desk. The Committee would appreciate advance receipt of prepared statements.
In order to further publicize these hearings, please inform interested parties and organizations of the Committee’s interest in hearing testimony from all sources.
In order to meet the needs of those who may have a disability, the Assembly, in accordance with its policy of non-discrimination on the basis of disability, as well as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), has made its facilities and services available to all individuals with disabilities. For individuals with disabilities, accommodations will be provided, upon reasonable request, to afford such individuals access and admission to Assembly facilities and activities.
J. Gary Pretlow
Member of Assembly
Committee on Racing and Wagering
Persons invited to present testimony at the public hearing on the economic impact of the equine industry on New York State are requested to complete this reply form as soon as possible and mail, email or fax it to:
Assembly Committee on Racing and Wagering
New York State Capitol – Room 520
Albany, New York 12248
Phone: (518) 455-4311
Fax: (518) 455-7095