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POLL: Should There Be A Coney Island Casino?

Marty Markowitz wants Cuomo's proposed casino in Coney Island.

With , Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz has his eye on the famous Brooklyn theme park as a location option for table gaming, according to The Brooklyn Paper

“I commend Governor Cuomo for...his support for a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling, which would bring jobs and revenue to potential locations in New York City, especially Coney Island, which is a natural," Markowitz said in a release. 

“It could be the savior for Coney Island as a major destination,” Dick Zigun, founder of the Coney Island Circus Sideshow, told The Brooklyn Paper. Zigun added that Brighton Beach and Gravesend used to be major gambling locations, until gambling was banned in 1910.

"Anything and everything gambling was legal, from Three-Card Monty to betting on horses," he said.

Elected officials have pointed out the down side to the casinos as well.

"People get addicted to gambling; it's a problem," Councilman Domenic Recchia told The Paper. "I just want to make sure that people in the community don't get hurt."

Sheepshead Bay Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz cited a 1999 study showing that areas within 50 miles of a casino have a 50 percent greater instance of gambling addiction, in addition to an increased bankruptcy rate. 

"We might be looking at an economic engine that could generate over a billion dollars annually for the state," said Cymbrowitz. "We are also looking at a substantial increase in problem gambling."


Beverly D January 16, 2012 at 11:52 PM
As long as ir is put on land available-it does not mean -to rid any rent control,etc out of their apartments to demolish and than build casinos. We need a diversity, Where ever these casinos come- it will drive people to them- This will bring BIG BUCKS for the MTA- who has ruined our lines of Brooklyn Bus lines- leaving the young, workers and the elderly deprived of traveling. This must and will come to a stop.
Ladydi69126 January 18, 2012 at 12:55 PM
A casino in CI? Sure thing keep the money in NY instead of people traveling to Jersey and PA. All walks of life have one sort of addiction or another and if your an adult which is supposed to be the ones of age who gamle, exercise some self control. It would be refreshing to see a seaside casino instead of another liberal hipster cafe or another bar
jill February 20, 2012 at 11:52 PM
Why not a casino in Brooklyn Heights? Why not have H&M and Barneys move to Coney Island? Why didn't Mary suggest Apple come to Coney Island? Why can't Coney Island get the summer plaza for restaurants like 3rd Avenue is getting? Why does Coney Island seem to be pushed for the casino type/amusement park/drunken endeavours? If this is like the new AC casinos, then the employment will be term limited, meaning, hire at low pay, when you advance to high pay, we get rid of you. If the hiring is like Bruce Ratner's Atlantic Yards, it means locals do not get hired...and they always have a reason why the locals were not good enough. I say No to Casinos. In my dream world, Coney Island would be built up with bungalows and affordable housing<even unreasonable luxury housing would be better than a casino because businesses do flock to where the money is as in a Starbucks and a bank on every corner>
jill February 20, 2012 at 11:53 PM
Meant to type Marty not Mary
Brianna Slots April 12, 2012 at 08:31 AM
A casino on Coney Island? I don't think its that a stretch of the imagination to think that a casino will find its way there. Its entirely possible. By bringing in table gambling or slots machines, revenue can be earned through the highly controversial gambling trade. Brandon - http://www.doubledowncasino.com

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