Belmont Casino Controversy

Belmont Casino Controversy


THE MEN WHO SAVED HER PUP FROM
A FROZEN FATE.
SCOTT RAPOPORT, CBS 2 NEWS.
IT IS TIME TO PUT A
GAMBLING PARLOR IN NASSAU
COUNTY VOTED IN BY STATE
REFERENDUM BUT NOW BATTLE
LINES ARE BEING DRAWN.
CBS 2’S CAROLYN GUSOFF REPORTS
BELMONT RACETRACK THE LATEST
LOCATION HAS MANY PEOPLE
SAYING NO TO A CASINO.
Reporter: IT’S A GOOD BET
IN COMMUNITIES AROUND BELMONT
RACETRACK THAT EVERYONE IS
TAKING SIDES.
IT’S GOOD BECAUSE PEOPLE
NEED JOBS.
IT’S GOING TO INCREASE
ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES.
BRING IN SOME BUSINESS,
EXCITEMENT, I LOVE THE IDEA.
Reporter: OVER COFFEE AND
ACROSS FRONT LAWNS, RESIDENTS
AT ODDS OVER THE ANNOUNCEMENT
THAT NASSAU OFF-TRACK BETTING
PICKED BELMONT TO INSTALL
1,000 VIDEO LOTTERY TERMINALS.
2,000 PROTESTORS IN FLORAL
PARK GATHERED TUESDAY
CONCERNED ABOUT TRAFFIC,
CRIME, LOWER PROPERTY VALUES.
JUST A YEAR AGO, IT WAS
WESTBURY RESIDENTS FIGHTING
OFF THE PLACEMENT OF NASSAU’S
ONLY VIDEO GAMING PARLOR AT
THE OLD FORTUNOFF SITE.
NOW IT’S A NEW BATTLEGROUND,
SAME CRY.
THIS IS AN UNIMAGINED WAY
OF RAISING MONEY.
IT’S SHORTSIGHTED OF THE LOCAL
LEADERS.
WE DESPERATELY NEED THE
MONEY.
Reporter: HIS VOICE DROWNED
OUT AT THE RALLY FAVORS VIDEO
GAMING AT BELMONT FOR THE $20
MILLION ANNUALLY IT COULD
BRING TO CASH-STRAPPED NASSAU.
I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE
DIFFERENCE OF GAMBLING AT A
RACETRACK.
IT’S CRAZY.
IT’S A RACETRACK.
PEOPLE GO THERE TO GAMBLE.
THERE’S A QUALITATIVE AND
QUALITATIVE DIFFERENCE OF
WAGERING EVERY 20 MINUTES ON
HORSERACING VERSUS EVERY DAY
OF THE YEAR.
Reporter: FLORAL PARK ABUTS
BELMONT ITS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
ADJACENT TO THE BACK STRETCH.
I’M VERY DISAPPOINTED IN
OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS THAT
THIS IS WHERE THEY ARE GOING
TO WITH THEIR NOVEL IDEA FOR
GENERATING REVENUE AND WE WILL
REMEMBER IN NOVEMBER.
Reporter: PLANS ARE GOING
QUICKLY.
THEY WANT TO BUILD A TEMPORARY
GAMBLING HALL WEST OF THE
GRANDSTANDS IN THE MEANTIME.
SUPPORTERS POINT TO POWERBALL
AS EVIDENCE GAMBLING IS GOOD
CLEAN FUN AND RAKE IN REVENUE
BUT FLORAL PARK’S MAYOR SAYS
IF IT’S FORCED ON HIS
COMMUNITY HE WILL SUE.
FLORAL PARK, LONG ISLAND,
CAROLYN GUSOFF, CBS 2 NEWS.
OTB HAD NO COMMENT.

5 thoughts on “Belmont Casino Controversy”

  1. The Bigger Question IS why is Nassau County "Cash Strapped"????? Taxes are SO High!!! What the HELL are they doing with the Money??????????

  2. NEWSFLASH…Gambling is Already allowed in Belmont Park.
    I guess the Uniformed protestors want to waste the space and opportunities
    Belmont Park can create in Belmont….so I hope these Uniformed protestors
    enjoy their next Tax INCREASE….:)

  3. I really love casinos and i really love to gamble, but all you need to do is look at the communities around pre existing casinos to see that they suck the life out of their communities. Las Vegas and atlantic city only thrived because it was illegal to gamble elsewhere, and now that more and more states are making it legal, no one prospers except the casino itself

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