Nassau Legislature Rules Committee approves lease transfer of Nassau Coliseum to Las Vegas Sands
The deal that would transfer the lease of Nassau Coliseum to Las Vegas Sands has made it through another hurdle.
The lease transfer passed the Nassau Legislature's Rules Committee.
Four Republicans on the committee voted yes, two Democrats abstained and a third Democrat, Kevan Abrahams, recused himself. According to Abraham's staff, the legislator recused himself because he has a family member who works for an entity involved in the process.
The vote happened following a public hearing that went on for six hours.
Las Vegas Sands is hoping to build a $4 billion resort at the site of the Nassau Coliseum. They are vying for one of three downstate casino licenses from New York.
The resort they hope to build would include restaurants, a hotel and a performance space.
A representative for Las Vegas Sands says they are going to work to make sure all lawmakers' and residents' questions are answered about the proposed casino.
The lease transfer still needs to go before the full Legislature for final approval.
The matter will go before the full Legislature in two weeks and a vote could take place at that meeting.