The gambling industry in New York is experiencing significant growth, and this has been demonstrated by the recent vote of Bensonshurst’s Community Board 11 in favor of new casinos. This reflects a general attitude of support for the gambling industry within the state.
The vote was in relation to the gaming facility zoning text amendment, which will allow for the construction of up to three gaming facilities in the city of New York. The approval of three new licenses in New York State, including one for a long-awaited casino in Coney Island called The Coney, has further illustrated the state’s commitment to bolstering the gambling industry.
While the voting process was influenced by various conditions affecting the community boards in the city, the majority of board members (20 out of 22) voted in favor of the casinos. These community boards have been granted the opportunity to express their input on matters such as licenses, traffic studies, job fairs, and other relevant topics.
In March, discussions began about the specifics of the Coney Island casino, which is expected to offer a range of amenities including a towering glass building near the amusement park, a new hotel, and a top-notch gambling facility, the first of its kind in the Five Boroughs.
The pro-casino task force is working diligently to prepare for the construction of the casino, and this includes engaging with residents, leaders, and organizations to ensure that the benefits of the casino are clearly understood. The task force’s partner, Robert Cornegy, emphasized the positive impact that The Coney will have on the local community, stating that the casino will bring jobs, opportunities, and economic revitalization to Brooklyn and Coney Island.
In response to feedback from residents, the task force has also committed to taking care of the youth through initiatives such as basketball clinics, technology donations, and academic programs. This community investment has garnered significant support for the casino voting.
The next step in the process is to seek approval from a Community Advisory Committee. Other applicants from Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx are also awaiting evaluation by the Committee for their respective casino proposals.