Friday, 01 March 2013 00:00
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.