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BUSINESSMEN OPPOSE PLAN FOR ROCHESTER OTB PARLOR

A representative of about 30 businessmen today asked the Western Regional Off-Track Betting board to reconsider plans to put a betting parlor in downtown Rochester.

Rochester accountant Daniel J. Sullivan said loitering and distasteful behavior has plagued the existing betting parlor at 47 State Street. Moving the parlor to 131 State St. will transfer the problems in front of their businesses, according to Sullivan.

"We will fight you with the law; we will fight you in the media and we will fight you through the city administration," said Sullivan. "Loitering, smoking, oogling, etc. are part of the OTB experience for many of the patrons."

WROTB President John T. Feeney said the board will weigh businessmen's complaints. But he said moving the branch from the crowded location at 47 State St., where smoking is not permitted to the new branch at 131 State St., where residents are encouraged to stay inside will solve the problems.

"We will make sure with the efforts of the police department that those things will not occur," Feeney said.

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