- Associated Press - Thursday, May 7, 2015

GEDDES, N.Y. (AP) - More than 300 people attended a public hearing to discuss the state’s plans to spend $50 million on transforming the New York State Fairgrounds.

The crowd Wednesday night was pretty evenly split. About half supported equine sports, the other half stock car racing.

Onondaga County Executive Joanie Mahoney unveiled ideas for changes at the facility outside Syracuse earlier this year. Her plan calls for razing the grandstand and getting rid of the Moody Mile, a historic dirt racetrack. In their place would be a new ice arena, horse show facilities and a “main street” of businesses along State Fair Boulevard.

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

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