Tuesday, May 23, 2023
Nassau County legislators, in a near unanimous vote late Monday, approved a 99-year lease agreement that would allow Las Vegas Sands to develop a $4 billion casino resort on the Coliseum site.
The vote was 17-1, with Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) in opposition. Democratic Minority Leader Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) recused himself, citing a conflict of interest involving the employment of a relative.
Dozens of people spoke for and against the company’s plans for the 72-acre county-owned site known as the Nassau Hub.
The proposed lease, announced in April and approved by the planning commission and Rules Committee, had appeared on track for the votes needed to advance it through the full legislature.
Sands will now need an environmental review, zoning approvals from the Town of Hempstead, support from community panels and advisory boards and a state gambling license for the development to move forward.