The proposed casino is a major local investment that will provide jobs and opportunities for the Elmont and Floral Park communities while protecting and improving their quality of life. This world class entertainment destination will:
– Create at least 3,450 construction jobs and 5,500 full-time permanent, local jobs – with 12,000 jobs over all for the entire community.
– Generate $200 million or more in State and Nassau County public revenues to improve school districts.
– Revitalize Hempstead Turnpike, helping to attract a supermarket, movie theater, and other businesses.
– Promote green open spaces and relieve chronic drainage and flooding problems.
About the Shinnecock Nation…
The tribe’s history goes back hundreds of years. In the 1600s, the Shinnecock weathered skirmishes between the Dutch and the English. In 1792, partly as a means of settling land disputes with the town farmers, the tribe began annually electing three trustees, a continuous form of government that helped their bid for recognition.
The tribe’s court fight began in 1978, when it filed a petition for recognition. In 2006, when the tribe still had not been given an answer, the Shinnecock Nation sued the Interior Department of the Government of the United States.
Negotiations with the tribe will probably encompass their claims to more than $1 billion worth of land in the Hamptons, including the site of the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, which has played host to the U.S. Open several times.