Why the New York Islanders Could Benefit from Long Island Casino Proposal

April 28th, 2010 by Michael Gasparino Leave a reply »
Long Islanders love their casinos.

We fly to Vegas (cheap, one-way flights from Islip!), drive to Atlantic City (or take the bus—it's practically free!), or head up to Connecticut for Mohegan Sun or Foxwoods (high-speed passenger ferries from Orient Point!). It's all very convenient and loads of fun.

But a casino right in our own backyard? How gauche.

Shinnecock Nation, however, has seen how much more money a tribe can make running a casino than selling discount cigarettes on the side of the road, and it wants a piece of the action. Fair enough.

The Shinnecocks got the good news at the end of last year that they met the federal recognition criteria, and once they officially get that, you know that building a casino on Long Island will be at the top of their to-do list.

Building a casino out in Southampton will be all but impossible due to traffic, geographic, and likely massive residential opposition. Maybe they could build one in Yaphank, near the expressway.

Instead, the Shinnecocks have been talking to Nassau County executive Ed Mangano about a casino project that would include a renovated Nassau Coliseum.

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