News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics.
About 20 people rallied Thursday in Mineola against placing a casino anywhere in Nassau County.
We dont 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 Dont Want A Casino In Our Back Yard, said one. Dont Gamble With Nassaus 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 Cuomos press office wasnt returned immediately.