Mayoral aid Bob Furlong was sworn in this week as an associate member on the state Racing Commission.
Furlong said that he was nominated for the chairmanship, but declined because he felt it was more than he wanted to take on. However, he said they offered him an associate position instead – which he accepted.
Furlong will continue his work in Mayor Tom Ambrosino’s office in addition to his new responsibilities on the Racing Commission.
Furlong was a former chair of the Commission in the 1980s under Gov. Ed King – a time when Wonderland was the highest grossing dog track in the world.
“That was probably the most enjoyable time I had in my working life, other than working for the mayor right now,” he said.