Connell said he will request that the Essex County Sheriff’s Department monitor the animals if the water is turned off. The county doesn’t supply feed for the horses, and tenants already have to bring that in.
The tenants who owe rent are not the owners of the horses, he said, but are trainers for the animals, which are used for harness racing.
Supervisor Roby Politi (R-North Elba) said the county should consider the use of the racehorse barns for storage instead of boarding.
“Does it make more sense to eliminate the horse stalls?” Politi said. “You might be able to lease that space for home-storage units. It’s just a thought.”
Connell said he’d look into that possibility, although the fair does hold annual harness races that require a certain number of stalls to be available.
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