It was reported this week that Hofstra University on Long Island, New York, is taking legal action against potential casino projects in the area. The agency is suing Naso County for conducting discussions on Las Vegas Sands’ proposed $4 billion casino project. This could potentially violate the state’s public meeting laws.
In March, the Nassau County Planning Commission held a meeting to negotiate a proposal to transfer the Nassau Hub lease to a gambling company. The latter seeks to obtain a Downstate Casino license and develop a multifunctional gambling resort in the county. However, many third-party companies are already expressing interest and will face tough competition.
It’s no secret that Hofstra University is one of the communities that opposes the casino proposal and doesn’t want the land of the Natso Colosseum to be transformed into a gambling and entertainment resort. Officials previously said casinos should not be this close to where students live and study because the campus is adjacent to the Natso Hub property.
In addition to its negative impact on the region, the university also cites that the local leader violated the law in initial consideration of the project. In a lawsuit filed in the Nassau County Supreme Court, the Nassau County Planning Board will be the defendant. The university, meanwhile, argued that the county does not include the public in the process as a mandate of the law.
Adam Schumann, a lawyer representing the university, commented that the proposal to relocate the Nasau Colosseum lease to Las Vegas Sands needs to be broadcast in full to the public. He said the committee failed to do so. In the lawsuit, the university said the planning committee failed to properly inform the public about the proposed lease transfer and provide the necessary data.
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that the committee held a meeting early before the lease negotiations with Las Vegas Sands were concluded. It also said the planning committee voted early to end the public opinion period before the public had enough time to consider and reach an opinion on the issue.
It should also be noted, however, that the realization of Las Vegas Sands by casinos in Nassau County has not been done at all because they have to choose the company first. The application request was initiated by the Game Facilities Location Committee in early 2023, which will have a say in the three winners. The bid must be announced by the end of 2023.
As mentioned, there are only three licensing candidates for the downtown area. One of them is Caesars Entertainment, which is working with SL Green and Rock Nation to attract casinos to Times Square. It will be titled Caesars Palace Times Square, but it has been opposed by the Broadway League, which has expressed concern about its impact on the region.