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More than 400 workers are back on their job, after Batavia Downs Gaming reopened Wednesday after being closed since the state locked down in March.

The Western Regional Off-Track Betting Corporation is spending more than $300,000 a year on luxury suites at KeyBank Center and New Era Field. OTB officials say it’s a way to reward frequent patrons at Batavia Downs. But an Investigative Post review of hundreds of pages of documents obtained from OTB shows executives and board members have helped themselves to expensive tickets.

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The dirty laundry of Niagara County Republican politics is being waved again, as former State Sen. George Maziarz has surfaced again to blast a group of people who were once his political nearest and dearest.


With minimal copays and no premiums, the health coverage offered to the board members overseeing the operations of Western Regional OTB stands out in comparison with what most people receive. According to Jim Heaney of Investigative Post, 13 of 17 active board members and three retired members utilize the coverage. Heaney's research also discovered an earlier ruling from the Attorney General which found such benefits to be improper. OTB officials say they will now seek an opinion from the Attorney General on the matter.