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Monday, June 27, 2011

Nassau Chamber backs Belmont casino

While not directly related to the Isles search for a new arena, here's a vote in
favor of a casino a few miles west of the Coliseum. Of note, however, is a
different view is held by Gary Port, candidate for Town Supervisor (against Kate


Nassau chambers back Belmont casino
by John Callegari
Published: June 27, 2011

The Nassau Council of Chambers of Commerce announced today its member
organizations had voted unanimously to support the development of a casino at
Belmont Racetrack.

Members of the council cited an increase in the number of jobs and other
economic opportunities as the driving forces behind its decision. Council
members estimate a Shinnecock Indian Nation gaming facility would generate more
than 12,000 permanent, full-time jobs, including more than 5,500 on site, and
more than 3,450 construction jobs. The organization also said the project would
attract new business investment and infrastructure improvements long overdue in

"This project will help revitalize Hempstead Turnpike, and bring new businesses
and opportunities to our community," said Christopher Rosado, president of the
Elmont Chamber of Commerce. "It would be a huge mistake to let another
opportunity for revitalization pass us by, especially when our partners on this
project are willing to work so closely with the community."

Of course, there are others out there with a different take on how a casino
would impact the Elmont community.

Gary Port, an attorney with Garden City-based Port and Sava, and the Democratic
challenger for Town of Hempstead supervisor this year, said recently a casino
would not help the surrounding community. Instead, people would be bused in and
out, spending their money at stores within the casino rather than at nearby
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