News and Tribune

Floyd County

February 5, 2013

Horseshoe board won’t allow independent New Albany appointment to board

(Continued)

NEW ALBANY —

The Horseshoe Foundation board consists of the mayor of New Albany, two city council members, a county commissioner, the general manager of the Horseshoe Casino of Southern Indiana and two of their designees. 

The organization has about $21 million in casino funds to spend, however the Horseshoe Foundation is committed to a $1 million annual payment for the Floyd County branch of the YMCA of Southern Indiana for nine more years. 

Recently Mayor Jeff Gahan requested grant funding for a New Albany aquatic center and a Little League facility. Blair said there are big-ticket items the city would like funding for yet, others on the Horseshoe Board are reluctant to change the body’s spending policies. 

“Let’s face it, it’s about who controls the funding, and what projects get funded,” Blair said. 

He believes that if the city challenges the bylaws to a higher authority, New Albany will likely win out. Blair said his constituents elected him in part to ensure good stewardship of public funding and that he feels it’s important to pursue the appointment to be a good representative for his constituents. 

He added he’s also representing the council on the body, and that he’s appreciative of that distinction and doesn’t want to see it jeopardized over political purposes. 

Seabrook said the decision is not personal, but a move made to adhere to the Horseshoe Foundation’s bylaws. He referenced an eight-year period when he was the only Republican on the Horseshoe board, and said it’s just a matter of following regulations. 

The only Republican member of the nine-person city council is Kevin Zurschmiede. The Horseshoe Foundation hasn’t confirmed what would happen if the council consisted only of Democrats. 

“The State of Indiana does not even recognize independent as a party because independent simply means that you do not belong to a party,” Seabrook said. 

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Floyd County
LOCAL MAGAZINES
Easter 2014 photos


Click on any photo to purchase it.

SPECIAL CONTENT
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Obama Offers Condolences at Dutch Embassy Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Raw: Lawmakers Scuffle in Ukraine's Parliament The Rock Finds His Inner 'Hercules' Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong
2013 Photos of the year


Take a look at our most memorable photos from 2013.