New York Mets’ casino gamble could crap out over parking lot regulations

New York Mets’ casino gamble could crap out over parking lot regulations

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  • Katie Honan, The City
August 15, 2022 10:50 PM
  • Katie Honan, The City

    The owner of the Mets has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars lobbying city officials in connection with his push to build a casino near Citi Field – but there could be multiple legal hurdles to bring the slots to Queens.

    Both state law and the team’s own lease agreement with the city stand in the way, in particular a financing deal tied to the parking spaces, and rules about building on park land.

    Owner Steve Cohen’s dream of turning Willets Point into a gambling hub materialized earlier this year when Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed creating three more downstate casino operator licenses.