ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - An Albany insider with longstanding ties to the Cuomo family is taking control of the New York Racing Association after its chairman went on leave days before its premiere event, the Belmont Stakes.

Michael Del Giudice is now the association's vice chairman. He leads a private equity company and has been a top aide to former governors Mario Cuomo and Hugh Carey and has advised Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The association's chairman, Anthony Bonomo, announced a leave of absence Tuesday following allegations that his medical malpractice insurance company provided a "no-show" job to the son of former state Senate leader Dean Skelos.

Bonomo has not been charged. Skelos and his son have pleaded not guilty.

Bonomo is a big political donor in New York. Cuomo appointed him in April.