I don’t know about you, but I’m really down on this casino proposal for the former-Fortunoff location in Westbury. I know this isn’t much of a Long Beach issue, but it’s still Nassau County.
Lining a few pockets with money and creating a few jobs is not the reason why Long Island should go the casino route. Besides crime, traffic, congestion and proximity to various schools and homes, casinos are proven to make the areas around them even worse.
The impact of casinos on local property values is “unambiguously” negative, according to the National Association of Realtors. Casinos do not revive local economies. They act as parasites upon them. Communities located within 10 miles of a casino exhibit double the rate of problem gambling. Unsurprisingly, such communities also suffer higher rates of home foreclosure and other forms of economic distress and domestic violence. [link]
“(Gambling) involves simply sterile transfers of money or goods between individuals, creating no new money or goods. Although it creates no output, gambling does nevertheless absorb time and resources. When pursued beyond the limits of recreation, where the main purpose after all is to kill time, gambling subtracts from the national income.” Nobel Laureate Paul Samuelson
“CASINOS ARE BAD FOR LOCAL BUSINESS: Even Donald Trump, himself a casino owner, has said that local businesses suffer in casino towns because they lose customer dollars to the casino. With an insight born from first-hand experience, Mr. Trump has stated that people will spend a tremendous amount of money in casinos, money that they would normally spend to buy a refrigerator or a car. [LINK]
I could go on and on by posting a billion links why casinos are bad. But why should us in Long Beach even care? Well, for one thing, Casinos were mentioned for Long Beach several times throughout the years. Can you imagine if we were going through this right now? If a Casino was even remotely a possibility here, my home would immediately be on the market for sale. How many of you would follow?
The proposed site in Westbury is close to Carle Place & Westbury public schools, St. Brigid’s School, several colleges and a ton of residential homes, condos and apartments. I feel bad for all those people who live around there. I am sure many are already thinking of moving if this deal does goes through. Do we really want that area to look like the outskirts of Atlantic City?
Nearby at the newly built and gated Meadowbrook Pointe (ironically at the former-Roosevelt Raceway track), many residents are voicing a strong opposition against the casino. These folks are living in a high class gated community where I’m sure these apartments cost them a pretty penny. Their investment will be in jeopardy with with a casino down the block, so they created an anti-casino website which contains a plethora of info and numbers to call. Check it out if you want to be involved too:
Facebook group Stop the Casino at Fortunoff is another place where you can join the fight.
Newday just published an article which contains quotes from our local politicians. Town of Hempstead supervisor Kate Murray voices her opposition, but then says:
“Hempstead Town does not have an official role or a ‘seat at the table’ with the gaming commission on this matter.” [LINK]
And here is similar quote from the County Executive Ed Mangano team:
Katie Grilli-Robles, a spokeswoman for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, said the administration “has no jurisdiction in either the selection of the site or appointments to the OTB Board [LINK]
These quotes are design to confuse us.They both have all the jurisdiction in the world to prevent this from happening. New York State cannot just come in and plant a casino on Town of Hempstead zoned property in Nassau County that is privately owned.
Ugh.. I could go on and on about this.. but I know several of you are going to call me an a**hole for not wanting to create jobs or bring money to the economy. Please just do some research on this matter. Google the effects casinos have on local economies before you post your line of bullshit.
Anyway, Nassau and Town of Hempstead did a wonderful job chasing a national hockey team out of Long Island (multi-million dollar industry). Now they are giving us a casino? No wonder why so many people I know are either leaving or plan to leave this declining area. Well, I’m just glad we have the internet where we voice our opinions… I hope our elected officials are getting the message. Here are a bunch of contact numbers if you agree: stopthecasinoatfortunoff.org