The executive director of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders has issued a statement clarifying that he is not a board member of Empire Racing Associates, which has been formed in an effort to be part of a bid for the New York Racing Association franchise."The recent press releases and articles concerning Empire Racing Associates, Inc. and their bid to obtain the New York Racing Association franchise may have given the impression that I was a member of the board of that organization," NYTB executive director Dennis J. Brida said in a statement. "I am not a member of the board that organization. I have not accepted any policy making position with Empire Racing Associates, Inc.. I will not participate in any decision making or legislative activities of that organization as such activities could potentially conflict with the interests of the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc. of which I am the executive director."Brida said he supports the New York Thoroughbred Breeders, Inc.'s position concerning prospective bidders for the NYRA franchise.