New York OTB to be Closed on Easter Sunday

In a statement issued Thursday, New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation announced it will not be open on Easter Sunday.

"Because of the continued uncertainty regarding the issue of pari-mutuel wagering on Easter Sunday, as well as the position of the Racing and Wagering Board, New York City OTB will not operate on Sunday, April 20,'' said Raymond Casey, the OTB president. The OTB, which still insists it has the legal authority to be open on Easter, said the decision was made after consultations with the state Racing and Wagering Board.

The OTB said it will press for legislation, already pending in Albany, to permit its pari-mutuel wagering on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday.