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They’re N-Raged

Officials and residents team up to

fight against gambling establishments

You can’t spell the word casino without “no,” and that’s what many people are saying to the idea of a casino in Nassau County—loudly and emphatically. Local elected officials Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, Legislator Delia Deriggi-Whitton, Legislator and Mayor Wayne Hall have partnered with N-RAGED (Nassau Residents Against Gambling Enterprise Development) to lead the fight against gambling in Nassau County. N-RAGED, a newly-created coalition of concerned Nassau residents, hopes to prevent gambling establishments from invading Nassau neighborhoods.

This partnership will focus on raising awareness of the crime, bankruptcy, and mental health issues associated with the gambling industry. They argue that many communities, as close as Pennsylvania, have allowed casinos to open to boost local economies but have quickly discovered that the low-income jobs are short-lived and result in an increase in social and behavioral problems in the local communities.

The coalition stresses that the possibility of opening local gambling establishments will be a major issue for Nassau residents in the coming months.

News

One local playwright and his company — The Plainview Project — seem to be headed to the big leagues.

Claude Solnik of Plainview, the Plainview Project’s writer, is married with two children. While he has a master’s degree in dramatic writing from New York University, after graduating he ended up going into journalism, which currently remains his day job. But in his free time he indulged in his true passion, hammering out numerous play scripts until the day they he realized that he needed to stop sitting on these works he was creating and put them in the hands of actors that could give them life.

Even as they hoped the parties would reach a last-minute settlement, commuters across Long Island were scrambling last week to devise alternate plans for getting to work if Long Island Rail Road’s 5,400 workers go on strike July 20. And they were vocal in their anger with the Metropolitan Transit Authority. The strike, it seems, has roused commuter ire over a wide range of LIRR issues, from timeliness to cleanliness to costs.

“I’ll have to figure out a new way home from work,” said Marco Allicastro, a 20-year-old Queens resident waiting for a train home at the Bethpage station after a day’s work at the local King Kullen. “Long Island doesn’t really have a lot of options in terms of transportation. Maybe I should get a new job.”


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Thursday, July 31

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