John Sabini was appointed Chair of the New York State Racing & Wagering Board by Governor David Paterson and confirmed by the New York State Senate on August 11, 2008. He concurrently serves as the vice chairman of the Harry M. Zweig Memorial Fund.
John served six years as a New York State Senator representing the 13th Senate District. His success as Senator was attributed to his legislative and community experience; strong advocacy for government reform, education, and transportation; and his persistent efforts to bring fair amounts of funding and government services to his district. During his Senate term, he received several high-profile appointments including his ranking membership on the Elections, Transportation, Racing, and Gaming & Wagering Committees. He was appointed as Assistant Minority Leader for Intergovernmental Affairs in 2006.
John acted as the only New York State Representative on a national transportation leadership summit at the White House and was the only New York City legislator on the Governor's special panel to determine the future of thoroughbred racing in NY, and operations of Belmont Park, Aqueduct Race Track, and Saratoga Racecourse. Chair Sabini holds a degree from New York University's College of Business and Public Administration (now known as the Stern School) and attended its Graduate School of Public Administration (now known as the Wagner School).