Last Wednesday night’s announcement gave rise to a new day and warm smiles.  It was true; the planned VLT Casino at Belmont Park was not to be.  Late negotiating by Jack Martins ended that possibility as OTB packs its bags and heads to Aqueduct.  Negotiating continues between Nassau County, and OTB over revenue and process.  Much has yet to be revealed about the terms of the settlement, but clearly what this Village and its residents have proposed from the beginning proved true: a VLT Slot Machine Casino should not be located at Belmont Park or anywhere in Nassau County.  We expressed that in 2013 when we voted NO to the Casino Amendment.  Today, that vote and our voice resonate throughout Nassau County.  Congratulations! My deepest gratitude to all the residents of this great Village for staying the course and staying informed.  Try as they might, our voice and reasoned argument could not be dismissed. The efforts of so many cannot be ignored, and I would like to recognize some: first to my colleague, Deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald.  Kevin is a true leader and served as Chairman of the Belmont Task Force.  He led a committee of some of the most ...
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Last Tuesday, January 12, was one of those magical moments in Floral Park.  The Floral Park Village Belmont Task Force is the manifestation of the best that is Floral Park: dedicated individuals who generously share their time and talents focused on one goal – simply – the betterment of the quality of life we all enjoy.  The Belmont Task Force’s efforts were extraordinary:  Uniting our community, informing and educating our residents and neighbors to join as one voice in opposition to OTB’s proposed VLT Slot Machine Casino at Belmont Park.  Over 2,000 concerned residents from our community and beyond attended.  The Village of Floral Park Belmont Task Force, an all-volunteer committee, was reconstituted by its Chairman, Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald, and  in less than two weeks, hosted an event unlike any yet seen on Long Island in opposition to the ill-conceived VLT proposal by Nassau OTB.  Newsday reported that this kickoff rally greatly exceeded the best numbers in Westbury’s opposition rally at St. Brigid’s.  It was Harry Truman who famously said, “it is amazing how much you can get done when you don’t worry about who gets the credit.”  The living embodiment of that quote was witnessed and expressed by so ...
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