2011-11-18 / Letters

Some Observations On The Racino

Dear Editor,

Having visited Racino twice in the first week of its debut, purely research mind you, I was taken by a few observations: The crowds were enormous. This makes a New Yorker wonder why it took so long to establish even the passive kind of video gambling in the midst of a population of 8 million people. Racino, on a good day holds three thousand people. If one half of one percent of New Yorkers gamble, it would translate to 40,000 people.

Governor’s Island was mentioned as a location for NYC gambling as were Rockaway and Coney Island. At the rate of gamblers showing up at Racino, Coney and Rockaway still might get casinos as may hotels in Manhattan. There is no reason for this industry not to expand to accommodate those New Yorkers who would travel outside of New York City to gamble when we need the revenue right here.

Stop building housing in Arverne and start building hotels and gambling emporia. Instead of housing, housing, housing gambling translates to jobs, jobs, jobs.

JOAN BASS

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