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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."


Jeff Brandt January 10, 2012 at 08:23 PM
First yes vote for the win. I'd play craps.
Eric McClure January 10, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Is "God, NO" a choice? Jobs? Atlantic City and Las Vegas have among the highest unemployment rates in the nation. And foreclosure rates to go with them.
Marilyn Lancelot January 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Sure, everyone loves to gamble . . . if they win. But, the person sitting next to you in church, the man in line at the grocery store, or one of your co-workers; any one of these could be involved with a gambling problem. Imagine your grandmother committing a crime to support her gambling addiction. I am a recovering alcoholic, gambler, and have recovered from other addictive behaviors. I published a book, Gripped by Gambling, where the readers can follow the destructive path of the compulsive gambler, a prison sentence, and then on to the recovery road. I recently published a second book, Switching Addictions, describing additional issues that confront the recovering addict. If a person who has an addictive personality, doesn’t admit to at least two addictions, he’s not being honest. Until the underlying issues have been resolved, the person will continue to switch addictions. These are two books you might consider adding to your library. I also publish a free online newsletter, Women Helping Women, which has been on-line for more than twelve years and is read by hundreds of women (and men) from around the world. (www.femalegamblers.info). I have been interviewed many times, and appeared on the 60 Minutes show in January 2011, which was moderated by Leslie Stahl. Sincerely, Marilyn Lancelot
Jeff Brandt January 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Something being addictive doesn't mean it shouldn't be available for people who aren't addicted. And AC and Vegas can't really be compared to NYC in the scenario where it opens up one single casino in Brooklyn.
Parksloper January 11, 2012 at 02:18 AM
And you're saying it's because of casinos? mmm, try oppressive taxes. No business, especially small businesses, can survive in this economy thanks to Obama.
Parksloper January 11, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Marilyn; maybe we should just ban everything since I'm sure we can find someone addicted to something....food, alcohol, cigarettes etc. As Jeff pointed out it doesn't mean those not addicted shoudn't be able to enjoy gambling.
Tricia USVI January 11, 2012 at 09:30 AM
#Parksloper, the economy is not in troublr because of Obama. The trouble started when our former President persisted and then Congress voted for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq which redirected our billions of dollars in taxes to fund these foreign expenditures. I vote NO to casinos and YES to enclosed, indoor rides to promote year round healthy revenues for New York.
Tricia USVI January 11, 2012 at 09:31 AM
*in trouble*
Robin January 11, 2012 at 01:02 PM
It does not revitalize a area. Leave the strip in Vegas or wander away from the hotels in AC and it's a horrible dump. Gone would be the Mom & pop shops in favor of large corp establishments. AND the infrastructure around Coney can not handle the influx. As for jobs, because of the proximity of AC to PA most of the workers there are from Pennsylvania. So tell me where is the attraction??
Danielle January 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM
First, casinos are not "small businesses". Second, Nevada has no income tax and, for businesses, no franchise taxes. Third, under Obama, as of today everyone's income taxes have stayed the same. Obama has raised taxes on cigarettes and indoor tanning. If you're worried about indoor tanning businesses, only, you might have a point.
Jeff Brandt January 11, 2012 at 04:04 PM
The "small businesses" hurt by this would consist of the clowns hosting gambling games on the boardwalk that threaten picture takers.
Rick Oshea January 11, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Parksloper, Tricia is right. It is nonsnese to blame Obama. The fact is the taxes are the lowest they have been in nearly half a century. And despite the Republicans saying tax cuts stimulate job creation it never happened during the Bush adminsitration wheh he gave all those tax cuts to the rich. After 8 years of Bush we were left with an economic disaster which it has been hard for Obama to clean up. And that broken economy was caused as Tricia said by two unfunded wars compunded with tax cuts for the rich.
Richard Kresler January 11, 2012 at 05:44 PM
Rick has it right. Tax cuts have not created jobs. Check it out. A casino is not what Coney Island is all about.
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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