John Durso Jr. has been named director of communications and media relations for the New York Racing Association.
Durso, 39, will lead all corporate communications and serve as principal spokesperson for NYRA, which conducts racing operations at Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park, and Saratoga Race Course.
He most recently served as senior director and chief spokesperson for New Jersey Transit, the nation's third-largest public transportation agency.
"I am pleased to welcome John into the NYRA family," said Christopher Kay, NYRA president and chief executive officer. "John is a seasoned, tested communications professional who clearly understands Thoroughbred racing's important impact on New York's growing economy. His knowledge, experience, and leadership will serve our organization well."
As a member of New Jersey Transit leadership command, Durso was a consistent presence on television and radio outlets before, during, and in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Prior to joining the statewide agency in 2011, Durso served in senior level leadership roles within New York's government and policy community for more than a decade.
"As a native Long Islander who grew up with live racing at Belmont and the former Roosevelt Raceway, and as a longtime Capital District resident who spent numerous summers at Saratoga, the chance to join this world-renowned Thoroughbred franchise is the thrill of a lifetime," said Durso.