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"As Police Commissioner, I am charged with leading this organization in accomplishing its mission [of safety], therefore the development os a new gambling casino with accompanying hotel is disquieting." - Stephen G. McAllister, Commissioner of Police, Floral Park

 

IMPACT STUDY

Floral Park Police Department published an extensive impact study references the research and studies benchmarking the effect of casinos in other parts of the Untied States, and the projected impact it will make on local communities, Floral Park in particular. Read the entire report here.

Also available is this Racino Comparison, clearly showing the negative impacts of this project.

Increase in crime

 

Floral Park Police Department's 2015 Crime Report can be found here. It outlines an impressive track record of decreased crime for that past two years. We applaud our law enforcement agency for keeping Floral Park safe. 

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DECREASE IN LOCAL COMMERCE

Steve Wynn (billionaire casino mogul speaking in Bridgeport CT) was quoted as saying: “There is no reason on Earth for any of you to expect for more than a second that just because there are people here, they’re going to run into your restaurants and stores just because we build this building."

Based on research and statements provided by the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce and the speech delivered by chamber president, Michael Jakob at the January 9 rally.

  1. Casinos do not help boost retail sales. The Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis states that casinos such as the type proposed at Belmont do not increase local business. Instead, as a result of the “substitution effect” local business is diminished as local clientele are now spending money at the casino rather than in local establishments.
  2. A University of Massachusetts Master’s Thesis study showed that towns should not expect spillover economic growth stimulated by casino development.
  3. The only thing the community has seen in economic growth from Connecticut’s two big casinos is a new Dunkin’ Donuts and a hotel built by the casino.
  4. “Everything is internal.” There was no need for off-site business expansion because the casino meets all of its customers’ needs within the casino property
  5.  The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston did a cannibalization study and found that, “Casinos that cater to a local market generally do not bring outside money into the economy through the spending of its patrons … Residents patronizing such casinos may simply substitute gambling for other goods and services.”

Increased traffic

After evaluating another study conducted by Giacopassi and Stitt on a tribal casino in Biloxi, Mississippi that found that with 20,000 visitors per day traffic increased by 230%, and this would have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of all local residents and stakeholders

Using OTB's numbers, 1000 VLTs are placed at Belmont Park:

1,000 VLTs = 200,000 customers per month = 2,400,000 per year

1,000 VLT's = 100,000 vehicles per month = 1,200,000 per year

Today – 6,000 vehicles utilize Plainfield Avenue per day =180,000 per month = 2,160,000 per year.

Added Casino Traffic 1200 – 1500 additional vehicles per day

Additional Vehicles 36,000 per month = 432,000 per year

2015

426 Accidents + 23 increase  (+5.4%)

1150 Aideds + 169 (+15%)

Total Calls for Service = 5791 (+ 6.5%)

494 per month / 16 per day

IMPACT STUDY

Floral Park Police Department published an extensive impact study references the research and studies benchmarking the effect of casinos in other parts of the Untied States, and the projected impact it will make on local communities, Floral Park in particular. Read the entire report here.

Also available is this Racino Comparison, clearly showing the negative impacts of this project.