Long Island executives wager on casino future

Posted at 7:20 PM, Jun 01, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-01 19:20:03-04

PLAINVIEW, NEW YORK (PIX11)–  It may be a gamble, but it seems both County Executives are looking to bring video lottery terminals to Long Island.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone are said to have met with state officials at the Race Palace in Plainview to discuss a Long Island Casino.

According to Newsday the plan is for 2000 video terminals like the ones at Aqueduct in Queens.

The video gaming is estimated to bring in around 175 million dollars to the state, counties and local schools.  Each county could see a 25 million dollar a year benefit.

Long Islander Sebastian Tarabella is all in favor “they have them in Conneticut and other places, why not keep the money on Long Island.”

It’s unclear if there would be one casino in Suffolk and one in Nassau or if both counties would share revenue from a single casino.