Maria del Carmen Arroyo Claims Racino Winnings as Outside Income

Maria del Carmen Arroyo (Credit: William Alatriste/City Council)

Maria del Carmen Arroyo (Credit: William Alatriste/City Council)

Hey, you never know.

Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo’s income was padded by some winnings from the New York State Lottery last year, according to annual financial disclosure forms she filed with the Conflicts of Interest Board.

Ms. Arroyo’s wins didn’t come from a lucky scratch-off ticket, but from various trips to a “racino,” the portmanteau used to describe the casinos located on the grounds of race tracks in New York. They are limited to slot machines and automated table games.

The disclosure form lists her winnings between $5,000 and $43,999, but Ms. Arroyo said the actual figure was on the low end.

“I visit the local racinos as a form of entertainment,” Ms. Arroyo told the Observer in a statement provided by a spokesman. “The amount reported, which was just over $5,000, was won over the course of the year in small amounts.”

Nearby racinos include Resorts World Casino New York City in Ozone Park and the Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway.

Council members, along with other elected officials, must report various forms of outside income and wealth—capital gains, speaking fees, outside law firm or teaching jobs, rental income, stock ownership—annually to the Conflicts of Interest Board. They must also report their debts.