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About 20 people rallied Thursday in Mineola against placing a casino anywhere in Nassau County.
“We don’t want our suburban way of life torn apart by some backroom deal in Albany,” said former county legislator David Mejias.
Mejias told those gathered on the south steps of the State Supreme Court Building that State Senate co-leader Dean Skelos, (R-Rockville Centre), has been pushing for a casino to be placed on Long Island and that Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, while advocating that they be upstate, has said he is “open to the option of Long Island.”
Signs abounded. “We Don’t Want A Casino In Our Back Yard,” said one. “Don’t Gamble With Nassau’s Future,” said another.
Nassau Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton, (D-Glen Cove), a mother of three girls, asked, “Do we really want to push gambling?”
Bobby Kennedy, a Freeport Village Trustee, running for mayor next month, said “our families need sporting events and culture, not gambling.”
Elaine Smith, a Uniondale civic activist, said we need “education, not gambling.”
North & Central Merrick Civic Association president Claudia Borecky said a casino would bring “drug dealers, prostitutes ... and pawnshops.”
Skelos spokesman Scott Reif said Skelos, “has said that it is critical that we develop in and around Belmont Park. As far as a casino is concerned, he has said that it, like many things, is up for discussion.
A call to Cuomo’s press office wasn’t returned immediately.