The Erie County Legislature has asked Western Regional Off-Track Betting to provide more information about its “high rollers” program following a meeting Thursday with OTB representatives.

To this point, OTB has refused to provide several media outlets with information about who has received perks like tickets to professional sporting events and hotel stays, despite Freedom of Information Law requests. Legislators expressed skepticism the corporation was allowed to deny those requests and has asked for OTB’s attorney to return a legal opinion.

Erie County, which co-owns the public benefit corporation with 14 other counties and the cities of Rochester and Buffalo, also asked for a list of just OTB employees and their family members who have used the perks. Marketing Director Ryan Hasenauer said the corporation to this point had not release the list to protect customer privacy and proprietary information.

“Until today, just now, no one has ever actually asked for the names of the staffers so we will go back and we will compile those things and I will bring that to the Legislature in due time,” he said.

Sources say uses of company perks and resources appears to be part of at least one part of an ongoing federal probe. Spectrum News previously reported the U.S. Attorney’s office recently empaneled a grand jury and issued subpoenas.

Erie County’s representative on the OTB Board, Beverly Mazur, said she didn’t know anything about the investigation but would potentially learn more following a board meeting next week. Hasenauer also denied knowledge of the probe.

“I know nothing,” he said. “The only thing that I know is what I read in the paper. So I don’t have any other knowledge about any sort of investigation. I personally have not been subpoenaed to appear or talk to anybody so at this time I know what you guys know.”

Hasenauer said he would bring the Legislature’s request to the legal team to discuss it’s next steps. Government Affairs Committee Chairman Kevin Hardwick, D, asked the information be delivered within a week.

If OTB fails to cooperate he said he and his colleagues would need to have more conversations about potential legal action or other steps.

“After that, obviously there are things we can do. Will we do them? I think we’ll have to, all of us, discuss it together,” he said.

Hardwick said in any given year, Erie County receives between $500,000 and $750,000 in revenue from OTB. Hasenauer said the corporation is having one of its best years and returned more profits six months than it did all last year.

He also pointed out the state Comptroller’s Office continues to review OTB records and has been doing so since the beginning of August. OTB said it is transparent and heavily regulated by the state Gaming Commission.