Shinnecocks Eyeing Potential Casino Site

NEW YORK (AP) — The Shinnecock Indian Nation says it is considering a 144-acre property for a possible casino site.

Tribal trustee Lance Gumbs tells Newsday the land is attractive because it is close to the Long Island Expressway. He said it’s also much larger than land around the Nassau Coliseum and other properties the tribe has looked at.

It is considering more than 30 locations across Long Island and expects to decide by the end of the year.

The Plainview site is owned by New York Islanders owner Charles Wang.

Wang purchased the property in 2000 to develop a mixed-use development, a project he later abandoned.

Wang spokesman Michael Picker would not comment on the Plainview possibility. Nassau County officials also declined comment.

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  • Lori

    It’s a very bad idea for the 25,000 or so people–mostly elderly and families with children–who live in Plainview/Old Bethpage.

  • paul

    All this casino talk in NY and it never happens. I’ll be honest I don’t know if a casino so close to NYC is a good idea or a bad idea.

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