SARATOGA SPRINGS — New York Racing Association has filled the five remaining spots on a 15-member Saratoga Race Course Local Advisory Board designed to guide the historic track’s future operations.
The panel consists of five picks each by NYRA, the City of Saratoga Springs and Saratoga County. The city and county announced their choices previously.
NYRA’s choices are Thomas Roohan, president of Roohan Realty in Saratoga Springs; Saratoga Race Course Facilities Manager Charles Wheeler; Joseph Torani, a managing partner of the Albany firm Bollam Sheedy Torani & Co LLP, CPAs; NYRA Vice President and General Counsel Patrick Kehoe; and NYRA Community Relations Manager Joanne K. Adams.
Roohan Realty has been active in numerous municipal and civic organizations as Saratoga County Planning Board, the Downtown Special Assessment District, Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, City of Saratoga Springs Board of Assessment Review and Concerned Citizens for Saratoga Racing.
Torani was previously on the New York State Racing Franchise Oversight Board that monitored NYRA’s business operations. He has held leadership positions in a number of industry and charitable organizations.
“NYRA enjoys a great collaborative relationship with Saratoga County and the City of Saratoga Springs, where I have been a homeowner for more than 20 years,” NYRA President and CEO Charles Hayward said. “With a new 25-year franchise in place, NYRA will be developing exciting new plans to enhance the great Saratoga racing program and to improve the patron experience. The talent assembled on this advisory board will be a great asset to NYRA in achieving our goals for the Saratoga Race Course.”
Recently, Mayor Scott Johnson named his picks to the board. They are George “Skip” Carlson, Cindy Hollowood, Michele Funiciello, John Carusone and William Wilmot, DVM. The county’s representatives are Supervisors Art Johnson and Matthew Veitch, county administrator David Wickerham, county planner Jason Kemper and county historian Kristina Saddlemire.
The board was established by state legislation as part of NYRA’s renewed 25-year racing franchise, which was finalized last September.
The group is expected to hold its first meeting this spring. One of its first objectives will be to take an inventory of all buildings and landscape features on the historic track’s grounds. The panel will try to advance some features for inclusion on State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Former NYRA Trustee Charles Wait said he was invited to be on the advisory board, but declined.