Mike Jakob spoke at January's rally. His speech can be read here.
CHILDREN'S SAFETY IS AT RISK
The dangers of the current Green Lot (the lot adjacent to Floral Park-Bellerose Elementary School which shares an 1100 foot border, separated by fence) will be exacerbated.
We currently have problems with lurking adults hiding among the cars in the Green Lot, as it is a storage parking field for taxis and private cars. Vermin immigrate to the school playground because the lot is used as a waste transfer yard and a dumpster storage site. With greater knowledge among those who will do wrong to our children because of the close proximity of innocent children to legal parking for this Casino…. what damage will this human vermin perpetrate upon our innocent preK - 6th graders? Why would we give access and why are our children being sacrificed and exposed to or the object of the most perverse in our society?
Our High School is at the entrance to the Belmont Park…one DWI tragedy is one too many….abandon this idea now.
GAMBLING IS NOT ALL THE SAME
There is a vast difference between VLT Casino gambling and the experience of horse racing that currently exists at Belmont Park.
The entertainment that occurs at Belmont Park can be enjoyed on many levels. Families can visit Belmont and children can tour the backstretch to watch horses working out. The people involved in the racing industry are part of our communities, and our children are exposed to a plethora of positive life pursuits in the sciences, medicine, and business vis the horse-racing industry. However, attempting to qualify and justify one vice by comparing it to another is ineffective. There is no industry to VLT slot machine casino gambling other than taking money from people. A casino does not enrich a community, it creates nothing as it takes money from most and distributes some back to someone else, outside of the community it is housed in. Local schools have realized little new or additional revenue from NY Lotto: it appears to act as a replacement of tax dollars with lotto proceeds, just a transfer of monies, no additional revenue. Why should local residents expect any different. The damage from the social ills as a direct negative impact of casinos include increases in social services, broken families, broken homes, addiction rehabilitation, unemployment and the like. Casinos have seldom helped the hosting community in which they have been placed. The only one who is enriched is the casino operator; much like Lotto, everyone else is left with empty pockets and empty promises.
This quote was taken from a letter published in the Saint Anne's Bulletin on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Read it here. Thank you Father Tom, for your concern for our communities.
This quote was taken from a letter published in the Our Lady of Victory's Bulletin, page 3, on Sunday, January 10, 2016. Read it here.
this issue effects all of nassau
Floral Park and its immediate neighbors are not the only ones in opposition. Crowds of people fought the proposal in Westbury... and won.
As a community, Floral Park let their voices be heard by its vote as the only community on all of Long Island to vote down the casino amendment in 2013. Why? Because Floral Park carefully considered its vote and the ramifications such an approval would have. Therefore, Floral Park should be the last community considered for such an enterprise, rather than one of the first.
Ideas require planning, plans needs to be carefully examined and only after examination, acted upon. In this VLT fiasco, there has been no input from the community, plans are being made in secret, and local communities have heard nothing from our elected leaders. Apparently, an unelected secret agency is foisting this ill-conceived and unexamined idea upon the people it will impact the hardest. Floral Park is accused of being closed minded, this plan is being promoted in complete secrecy, shared only among a select few and as a resident of Nassau County I find that wholly objectionable. Maybe this is not only a bad plan for Floral Park, Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, Stewart Manor, South Floral Park and Elmont, but a bad idea for Nassau County as no community is accepting of such an enterprise in its midst.