Md. Racing Commission chairman named Glendening returns Furey to post lawyer left in 1988

September 12, 1996|By Thomas W. Waldron and Michael Dresser | Thomas W. Waldron and Michael Dresser,SUN STAFF

Gov. Parris N. Glendening yesterday named Montgomery County attorney E. William Furey chairman of the Maryland Racing Commission, his second stint in that position.

Furey, who served on state racing boards from 1982 to 1988, succeeds Allan C. Levey, who was forced to resign in July by the governor after questions were raised about a loan Levey accepted from a prominent horseman.

"I am extremely pleased to have someone with Bill's experience and expertise to lead this commission," Glendening said in a statement.

Furey, 66, is a partner with the Chevy Chase law firm Furey, Doolan & Abell. Gov. Harry Hughes named him to the state's Thoroughbred Racing Board in 1982. In 1984, he became chairman of the new racing commission.

His new term runs through June 2000.

Furey's appointment comes at a delicate time for the Maryland racing industry, which had a setback this summer when racetrack owner Joseph A. De Francis pleaded no contest to making illegal campaign contributions to Glendening's 1994 campaign.

De Francis, the principal owner of Pimlico and Laurel racetracks, praised the governor's selection last night as "an outstanding choice." Furey "is very highly regarded by all segments of the industry," said De Francis, who could face disciplinary action by the commission as a result of the campaign-finance charge.

Levey left the board after Glendening learned that Levey had accepted a $20,000 loan from Henry A. Rosenberg Jr., chief executive of Crown Central Petroleum Corp. and owner of racehorses.

Pub Date: 9/12/96

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