Critics rally against proposed Nassau Hub casino; supporters call it a job creator
The Say No to the Casino Civic Association held another rally Monday on the steps of the Nassau County Legislature building in Mineola – calling on the county to scrap plans for a casino at the Nassau Hub.
They say it will bring increased crime, traffic and gambling addiction to the area.
Corinne Zarou and Annette Cella live in the neighborhood across the street from the Coliseum.
“The noise, the traffic is a concern, drunk driving – not only on Hempstead Turnpike but the Meadowbrook [Parkway],” said Cella.
News 12 reported that Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said he's considering the proposal, but will only give his approval if the community supports the move.
There are many Long Islanders and even some business owners who say they support the proposed project.
“When I first heard they were coming I thought it was great news,” said Frank Borrelli, of Borrelli’s Restaurant.
He believes a casino would drive more customers to his East Meadow eatery.
“Whether it's this project or another project – it has to be entertainment. I'm all for it. it's going to help the small businesses around town and the surrounding area,” said Borrelli.
Pastor Arthur Mackey, of Mount Sinai Baptist Church, said a casino would “suck the life out of the Black and brown community.”
Elizabeth Wellington, of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce disagreed, saying this project will create jobs.
“So many young people are leaving. Why? Because there is no jobs that will help them stay,” she said.
The county Legislature is set to vote on the proposed casino at the end of the month.