State Senate Weighs Off-Track Betting Rescue Before Doors Shut

Legislators face long odds to avoid closure

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    NEW YORK - MARCH 1: A man holds his betting slips and money at an Off-Track Betting (OTB) parlor in Midtown Manhattan March 1, 2008 in New York City. The board that oversees New York City's OTB operations voted last week to close all 71 parlors by mid-June since the city does not want to subsidize the gambling outposts. State officials are contesting the ruling. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

    The State Senate will return to Albany to consider a rescue plan for the New York City Off-Track Betting Corp.

    But senators face long odds to avoid shuttering the agency.

    They're expected to choose between a rescue plan drawn up by Gov. David Paterson and approved by the Assembly, or a statewide OTB plan pushed by the Senate's Republican minority.

    Any action Tuesday would require a rare bipartisan vote in the chamber known for biting partisanship.

    In addition, several senators who lost re-election bids in November and others may not show up for the special session.

    Last week, the Senate didn't act on Paterson's plan to save about 1,000 OTB jobs in the city.

    OTB is trying to modernize and avoid bankruptcy.

    Without state approval, OTB said it will close.