Protesters: Belmont casino would bring crime, traffic
Dozens of Long Islanders came out to protest against a proposed casino site at Belmont Park.
Nancy Gross, who grew up in Floral Park, brought her whole family out to protest, saying that proposal to bring 1,000 video lottery terminals to Belmont would increase crime and traffic in the area.
"It's not feasible for our communities, for the infrastructure, for our police departments," said Gross.
In December, Nassau Off-Track Betting officials announced plans to build a 100,000-square-foot gambling parlor at the park, saying that the facility would help the local economy.
A permanent casino at the racetrack would cost about $75 million. As Nassau OTB awaits state approval, it plans to build a temporary facility with fewer slot machines that would cost $10 million.
The Nassau County Legislature and County Executive Ed Mangano are pushing state lawmakers to approve the casino plans.
Queens state Sen. Tony Avella previously agreed to sponsor legislation sitting in the Assembly that would repeal the state law allowing video slot machines. State Sen. Michelle Solages, of Elmont, is one of the sponsors of the Assembly's version of the bill.