Hofstra University in Long Island, New York, was reported this week to be taking legal action against a potential casino project in the area. 파친코 The agency is suing Nassau County for allegedly discussing a US$4 billion casino project proposed by Las Vegas Sands. This would potentially violate the state’s public meeting laws.
The Nassau County Planning Board met in March to negotiate the transfer of Nassau Hub leases to gambling companies. The latter wants to get a Downstate casino license and develop a multifunctional gambling resort in the county. However, many third-party companies will face difficult competition as they already express their interest.
It’s no secret that Hofstra University is one of the local communities that opposes the proposed casino, and does not want the Nassau Coliseum land to be transformed into gambling and entertainment resorts. Previously, officials said casinos shouldn’t be this close to where students live and study because the campus is adjacent to the Nassau Hub property.
In addition to the negative impact on the region, the university also cites that the region’s leader violated the law in the initial consideration of the project. In a lawsuit filed in Nassau County’s Supreme Court, the Nassau County Planning Board will be the defendant. Meanwhile, the university argued that the county does not include the public in the process as mandated by law.
Adam Schuman, a lawyer representing the university, said the public should be given full coverage of the idea of renting the Nazau Coliseum to Las Vegas Sands. He said the committee failed to do so. In the lawsuit, the university said the planning committee did not properly inform the public and did not provide the necessary data on the proposed rental transfer.
At the same time, the lawsuit alleges that the committee held an early meeting before the lease talks with Las Vegas Sands concluded. It also says the Planning Commission voted early to close the public comment period before the public had enough time to consider and comment on the issue.
However, it should also be mentioned that the realization of Las Vegas Sands at a casino in Nasu County is still a long way off, as we have to choose the company first. The application request was initiated in early 2023 by the Gaming Facilities Location Committee, which will have a say in the three winners. We need to announce the winning bid by the end of 2023.
As mentioned, there are only three license candidates in the Downstate region. One of them is Caesars Entertainment, which worked with SL Green and Roc Nation to attract casinos to Caesars Palace Times Square. It will be named Caesars Palace Times Square, but it was opposed by the Broadway League, which expressed concern about the impact on the region.