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Letter: Why not allow more betting at Belmont?

The racing track at Belmont Park.

The racing track at Belmont Park. Photo Credit: Shannon O'Connor

How many who are against the video-lottery terminals at Belmont Park are placing a bet against their own community [“Betting on Belmont,” News, Dec. 30]?

The mayor of Floral Park, the village trustees and the local school board are against the VLTs at Belmont. They feel it’s too close to schools.

People place bets every day on numbers in the lottery games right across the street while children wait to buy candy. Where is the outrage against this form of gambling?

Have the mayor or trustees ever participated in any form of gambling, been to a casino or bet at the racetrack? If they have, they should come up with a better excuse for their opposition to VLTs at Belmont. Their illogical reasoning is disturbing.

Gambling has been going on at Belmont Park for more than 100 years. How can anyone argue against gambling at a racetrack?

Patrick Nicolosi, Elmont

Editor’s note: The writer is the president of the Elmont East End Civic Association.