The four firms vying for the state's horse racing franchise, which includes Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park and Belmont Park in Elmont, L.I., collectively spent more than $2 million over the past year in campaign contributions to the governor and other state elected officials as well as lobbying activities, according to a state good government group.
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But Gov. Eliot Spitzer recommended Tuesday that the New York Racing Association, which spent the third-lowest amount of the four bidders in contributions and lobbying, be awarded the franchise. NYRA has held the lease for 52 years.
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