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COO Ellen McClain replaces Hayward as NYRA president

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The New York Racing Association announced Monday that its chief operating officer, Ellen McClain, has been elected NYRA’s president. Kenneth Handal, newly appointed acting general counsel and chief ethics and compliance officer, has been elected secretary, according to C. Steve Duncker, chairman of the NYRA board. Duncker announced Handal’s appointment Monday morning and McClain’s election Monday evening. NYRA, which operates Saratoga Race Course, Belmont Park in Elmont, and Aqueduct racetrack in Queens, recently fired its ...

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May 15, 2012
10:57 a.m.

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I have always been a strong proponent of "promoting from within" personnel policies. But in this case, elevating the current NYRA COO to be its President seems dangerously close to a "promoting from a rotten core" policy.

If ever there was a need for an organization to find an exceptionally ethical and competent OUTSIDER to be its leader, this is it. Will NYRA never understand that it must completely re-engineer itself if it hopes to retain its vaunted position?