The drama is heating up within the race for a New York on line casino license after it emerged that Hofstra College’s lawsuit over a land deal Las Vegas Sands made for its proposed on line casino goes to court docket. [Image: Shutterstock.com]
With simply over six months to attend earlier than New York arms out three profitable on line casino licenses, the very last thing any of the bidders wants is a lawsuit. Cue Hofstra College, firmly in opposition to the thought of a Las Vegas Sands on line casino close to it, submitting a authorized problem that in response to a public docket on Thursday, will now go earlier than a New York Superior Court docket Choose on Could 24.
Hofstra College v. Nassau County Planning Fee (NCPC) facilities on an issue the varsity has with a land-lease deal the latter’s planning board inked with Sands for a $4bn on line casino, leisure, and hospitality undertaking. The land presently homes the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The non-public college in Hempstead has lengthy been in opposition to a on line casino close to its campus. Its civil grievance holds that the NCPC broke New York’s Open Assembly Legislation when it gave the nod for a 99-year lease with Sands for the Uniondale land.
denied Hofstra College and the general public a chance to debate critical points”
In a grievance amended in Could, the varsity claimed that the planning board “denied Hofstra College and the general public a chance to debate critical points having far-reaching damaging penalties for our neighborhood.”
Saying its New York on line casino bid again in January, Sands CEO and chairman Robert Goldstein stated he and his agency “strongly imagine” that Lengthy Island can host “one of many area’s nice leisure and hospitality developments.”
Add the Hofstra lawsuit to artistic on line casino bids from rivals akin to Caesars Palace Occasions Sq. and Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sands’ perception in its New York undertaking may, nevertheless, be weakening.