Hofstra University sues Nassau Planning Commission over casino proposal hearings
News 12 Long Island has learned the Nassau Planning Commission is being sued over a meeting for its proposal to build a casino in the County.
Hofstra University is suing the Nassau County Planning Commission, saying it has been less than transparent in conducting meetings focused on the transfer of the lease at the Nassau Hub to Las Vegas Sands.
The university says the planning commission violated the state's open meeting laws in March by failing to notify the public of a hearing to consider the casino proposal.
The school also says the commission denied the public the right to attend its work sessions.
As News 12 has reported, Hofstra has come out against the plan to build a casino directly to its east.
The school cites concerns about increased traffic congestion, crime, and economic harm to local businesses.
Nassau County responded to the lawsuit saying Hofstra should be spending money on students’ tuition and education, rather than frivolous lawsuits.
News 12 reached out to the Sands Casino on the lawsuit but has not heard back.