Nassau County Committed to Moving Forward with Sands New York

A change in the New York State Gaming Commission’s process will delay application submissions for the three downstate gaming licenses to 2025.  In a statement to local media, a spokesperson for Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman said, “In spite of delays and changing circumstances, we are fully committed to deal with Sands to bring a world-class hotel, entertainment center, casino and spa to Nassau County.”  

“Our commitment to being a dedicated neighbor is reflected in our work to meet the needs of the surrounding communities–whether that’s through workforce training and local business readiness, partnerships with Long Island’s educational institutions and nonprofits like the Family and Childrens’ Association, events for organizations like the LGBT Network and the Womens’ Diversity Network, or support of Uniondale’s community center and community land trust, and a variety of youth sports,” Tracey Edwards, senior vice president/corporate social responsibility officer said. 

“We are grateful for the extraordinary and diverse support we have received and remain committed to being a collaborative partner and excellent neighbor to the organizations and residents of Nassau County,” she added.

One year ago, the Nassau County Legislature approved Sands’ lease with near unanimous support. Las Vegas Sands is now preparing to repeat the process before the county to operate the county-owned Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum property.

Joe Zino, General Manager of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum said, “Over the past year, the Sands New York team played a critical role in making sure that our employees remained in place and that no jobs were lost despite outside challenges. We are grateful for our partnership with Sands and we look forward to seeing this deal completed and finalized – not only for our staff at the Nassau Coliseum, but for the whole of Nassau County.”