uniondale, new york — MPs, developers and sports fans have been arguing for decades over what to do with the Nassau Coliseum and its prized land.
Officials are nudging towards a controversial resolution that, if approved, could bring a world-class casino to the heart of the county.
Las Vegas Sands won the first round and dominated the jewel of Nassau, the 70-acre hub surrounding the Coliseum.
“This could be the highest-grossing casino in America, and the proceeds will be shared with us in Nassau County.” County Officer Bruce Blakeman Said.
Over $100 million in annual revenue goes to the county, the town of Hempstead, and four neighboring communities.
“It’s not the casino that makes this work. It’s everything around the casino that makes it work. It’s a fully integrated experience,” said Rob Goldstein, CEO of Las Vegas Sands. rice field.
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The petition has been signed and circulated in the community surrounding the hub. Development is fine, they say, but there is no casino.
Garden City homeowner Patrick Dowden said: “I am very upset. increase.
“We are all angry because we have families,” said one woman.
“As a community, we are concerned about crime and declining property values,” said another.
They are also concerned about traffic, noise, pollution and “rates of addiction and problem gambling,” said one woman.
Nearby, the leaders of Hofstra University are adamantly opposed to casinos. However, nearby Nassau Community College participates and partners with Sands’ Hospitality Management Program.
Union members packed in Wednesday as supporters touted jobs, benefits for local businesses, and stabilization of the county’s tax base.
Regarding the fate of the iconic Coliseum, Goldstein said:
A lease agreement is one step in a long process. The Planning Commission and Nassau Council must approve plans for a hub casino, followed by town zoning and state licensing board approval.
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