WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Huge crowds are expected at a scheduled meeting Wednesday night on a proposed plan to open a gambling parlor at the former Fortunoff store in Westbury, Long Island.
Hundreds packed into a meeting last week to speak out against the proposal by Nassau Regional Off-Track Betting, which would turn the vacant building into a video gaming parlor with 1,000 slot machines.READ MORE: Roads Flood, Rivers Overflow As Nor'easter Dumps Heavy Rain During Morning Commute In New Jersey
Civic leaders say the issue has galvanized the community against the plan. Opponents fear added traffic, drunk driving, crime and falling property values.
“It’s a residential area,” one man told WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs. “Already, we have too much crime in Long Island. The crime rate definitely will be higher.”