New York created a major economic opportunity when voters approved the expansion of gaming in 2013 through an amendment to our state Constitution. It will soon become reality: effective April 11, 2022, three new downstate casino licenses will be approved in our state. The Gaming Commission will be soliciting proposals which need to demonstrate community support, follow local zoning rules, and create community advisory committees.
In the past, the possibility of a Coney Island casino to create long term jobs, a renewed vitality in Brooklyn, and economic competitiveness were mere pipe dreams. Following this new legalization, it would harm our community for decades should we let this opportunity slip away.