An upstate appeals court has affirmed a decision by the state Racing and Wagering Board to deny a harness racing license to a man who exhibited abusive behavior toward board personnel. The Appellate Division, Third Department, ruled that Graham Lewis’ behavior justified the board’s action based on negative findings about his “character and general fitness.” According to the Nov. 21 ruling in Matter of Lewis v. New York State Racing and Wagering Board, 512604, the board denied Lewis a license in 2005 and 2006. The denial in 2006 came because of Lewis’ difficulty in producing documents verifying his entitlement to work in the United States, according to the panel.
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