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State should keep close eye on lotto funds

Seems to me that every time a politician takes over, one of the first things he or she does is explain to us New Yorkers that New York has some sort of deficit. Are we to believe that with all the Lotto money and other games of chance going on for over 30 years we are still behind the eight ball?

This is difficult to believe. The first Lotto advertisement was earmarked to help the schools. “Buy a Lotto Ticket and Help Save a School” is how I remember the ad reading.

Where is all this money going and who is responsible for keeping tabs on all the funds? All that money from all those games and we are still hurting. We are all not stupid and someone had better explain where all this money is going.

Now a word about the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. With over $1.5 billion in revenue per year and climbing, the MTA is still having trouble making ends meet. This is hard to believe. I am willing to bet Disney could operate the MTA better for less.

The public has overwhelmed the public transit system since gas prices have skyrocketed. There have been many more extra activities around the city, such as the New York Yankees playing in the 2009 World Series, the Parade of Champions for the Yankees last year and the Miracle on the Hudson, that had people using the MTA more than ever.

And still the MTA claims it is financially strapped? Does it think we are all stupid? It is time for someone to step up and take control of all the funds accumulated.

Martin H. Schwartz


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