- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 6, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A public hearing on the future of the New York State Fairgrounds is slated for Wednesday night at the facility outside Syracuse.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney and acting State Fair director Troy Waffner want to revamp the Fairgrounds, and getting rid of the grandstand and famed mile-long dirt racetrack, the Moody Mile, would open up about 70 acres of land. That’s roughly a quarter of the space available.

Mahoney contends that construction of a new amphitheater on nearby Onondaga Lake negates the need for the grandstand.

Among the proposals is using part of $50 million promised to the fair by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to build a new park for recreational vehicles. It would serve visitors to the fair or the amphitheater.

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