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Letters: Gambling not a sure bet on Long Island

Nassau Democratic lawmakers demanded that the county Regional

Nassau Democratic lawmakers demanded that the county Regional Off-Track Betting Corp. release details on the proposed gambling hall before the election, Monday, Sept. 21, 2015. Credit: Nancy Borowick

I read the editorial about the proposed video slots casino in Islandia and why the Newsday editorial board thinks it’s a good location [“An earthly spot in Islandia for a video slot casino,” Editorial, July 11].

What percentage of Suffolk County residents actually want a casino? I’ve met very few people who want one.

I’m in favor of putting a casino on Long Island as long as the town’s residents get to vote on it. If a simple majority of people want a casino, then put it there. Otherwise, leave the casinos out of Suffolk County.

Peter Lanci, Commack


The opposition to the video lottery terminal casino is unreasonable, overzealous and based on misinformation by some people who don’t even live in the neighborhood [“Casino fate uncertain after canceled vote,” News, July 12].

It’s as if they are on a mission against VLT casinos. If anyone in the opposition ever cared to enter one of these casinos, they would see they are populated by many seniors. They sit there for hours playing 5- and 10-cent slots. This is certainly not a James Bond movie scene, and not a magnet for prostitution or other crime that fearmongers claim.

Let’s hope the Islandia Village board informs neighborhood residents of the benefits this casino would bring and ignores the naysayers.

Chris Connors, Amityville


The last place to consider opening casinos is in the Southampton area [“Tribal vote still eyed for casinos,” News, July 15].

The traffic situation, especially on weekends and especially in the summer, is horrendous. The traffic compounds an already miserable situation of inadequate highways and roads in this area.

The area adjacent to the Long Island Expressway from exits 60 to 64 is the most suitable place for a casino. Keep it away from southeastern Long Island at all costs.

John DiGeronimo, Bay Shore


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