2013-11-01 / Editorial/Opinion

Vote No


BY ELGIN BOLLING BY ELGIN BOLLING Rockaway doesn’t need a casino. We don’t know what will happen with Arverne East and other open spaces that developers might be eyeing but making Rockaway a target for gaming would be a colossal misstep. Vote No on the state ballot proposal.

Gambling is unimaginative and reflective of a government with no good ideas. Some casinos boom and some of them flop. Have you heard of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos? Those famous gaming places in Connecticut had to restructure their enormous debt or go bankrupt. Like gambling itself, casinos are not a sure thing.

The successful casinos are only successful for themselves. They, in effect, build their own campuses. A small restaurant nearby won’t benefit. The restaurant in the casino will.

It’s very likely to pass because the campaign in favor pushes all the right buttons: jobs and economic growth— even though the evidence is debatable. As for jobs, the racino at Aqueduct, by the way, was called out by the Daily News and Councilman Eric Ulrich for not having enough Queens residents in management positions. (Ulrich is in favor of the ballot proposal). If they start making casino plans for Rockaway, keep in mind the jobs, jobs, jobs push might be good for people off the peninsula.

And no one believes the tax revenues would be used for public education. C’mon. We heard that about the Lottery.

In short, Rockaway should vote NO. A NO Vote will let gambling conglomerates know that there’s a fight coming should they try to ram gaming down our throats.

Before voting, ask yourself if Atlantic City is any less of a slum having gambling? Oh, and you know what economic growth is guaranteed? We’re guaranteed to have more pawn shops.

No thanks.

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