Long Island Casino Site

Long Island Casino Site


WE’RE BACK.
A NEW CHAPTER IN THE ONGOING
BATTLE OVER VIDEO GAMBLING.
THIS TIME RESIDENTS NEAR AN
ISLANDIA HOTEL ARE VOICING
THEIR OPPOSITION.
Reporter: AN IDEAL SITE FOR
A CASINO?
THERE WOULD BE NO DANGER OR
ADVERSE IMPACT.
Reporter: YET THERE’S A
FAMILIAR CHORUS OF OPPOSITION
IN NEARBY NEIGHBORHOOD.
WE’RE TALKING ABOUT
ALCOHOLISM, ADDICTION,
PROSTITUTION, CRIME.
PEOPLE COMING IN THAT WANT
TO BUY HERE WOULD SAY, A
CASINO?
I DON’T WANT TO LIVE ACROSS THE
STREET FROM A CASINO.
Reporter: YET ANOTHER
COMMUNITY TRYING TO FEND OFF A
LONG ISLAND-BASED GAMBLING
PARLOR.
OTHERS HAVE PROTESTED PETITIONS
AND SUED.
NOW ANOTHER VOTE ON ALLOWING
1,000 VIDEO LOTTERY TERMINALS
OPENED 8:00 A.M.
TO 4:00 A.M.
SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
IT WOULD BE NICE AS AN
ALTERNATIVE TO GOING TO
ATLANTIC CITY.
Reporter: BRETT CALLS THE
LAW THAT AUTHORIZED VIDEO
GAMBLING ON LONG ISLAND A BACK
ROOM ALBANY DEAL TO SAVE OTB
PATRONAGE JOBS AND BAIL OUT
CASH-STRAPPED COUNTIES.
NOT ONLY WAS IT SHOVED DOWN
OUR THROATS, OTB AND BOTH
NASSAU AND SUFFOLK HAVE
DISPLAYED ARROGANCE WITH NO
TRANSPARENCY.
Reporter: NEW YORK VOTERS
OKAYED CASINOS IN A 2013
REFERENDUM, BUT CRITICS SAY FOR
LONG ISLAND IT WAS A LOSE-LOSE.
GAMBLING PARLORS WERE INCLUDED
EITHER WAY.
OPPOSED BY AN APPOINTED BOARD
THAT BY PASSES LOCAL ZONING
LAWS.
I DON’T THINK ON LONG ISLAND
THERE’S A PLACE FOR THIS.
WHY WOULD WE WANT IT HERE WHEN
THERE’S NO BENEFIT?
Reporter: SUPPORTERS PROMISE
CASINO WILL BRING JOBS AND
MILLIONS IN TAX REVENUE, NOT
ONLY TO ISLANDIA, BUT ACROSS
SUFFOLK COUNTY.
BUT COMMUNITIES NEARBY THAT
DON’T HAVE A SAY ARE BETTING
THEIR PROPERTY VALUES GO DOWN.
IN ISLAND I CAN’T, LONG — IN
ISLANDIA, LONG ISLAND, CAROLYN
GUSOFF.
A SPOKESMAN SAYS THE
MARRIOTT HOTEL IS CLOSING.
PENDING APPROVALS THEY WILL
OPEN A TEMPORARY GAMING VENUE

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