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 courtroom. [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 towards the concept of a Las Vegas Sands on line casino close to it, submitting a authorized problem that based on a public docket on Thursday, will now go earlier than a New York Superior Courtroom Choose on Might 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 at present homes the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The non-public college in Hempstead has lengthy been towards 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 severe points”
In a grievance amended in Might, the varsity claimed that the planning board “denied Hofstra College and the general public a chance to debate severe points having far-reaching unfavourable penalties for our neighborhood.”
Asserting its New York on line casino bid again in January, Sands CEO and chairman Robert Goldstein mentioned he and his agency “strongly consider” 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 equivalent to Caesars Palace Instances Sq. and Saks Fifth Avenue, and Sands’ perception in its New York undertaking may, nevertheless, be weakening.