This article is from December of 2010 and we already now that the Plainview casino proposal failed. However, it does show that the tribe and Wang do have a relationship and are willing to work together. The question is could this lead to a casino and arena development in Suffolk County? To me this seems like the best chance for the Islanders to stay on Long Island proper and to have a hockey centric arena in New York.
The thought of a Vegas-style casino in Plainview may seem far-fetched to some.
But Lance Gumbs says the Shinnecock Indian Nation, based in Southampton, believes an undeveloped parcel of land between Old Country and Round Swamp roads is a very viable location.
When asked about the prospect in a recent interview, the Nation's leader answered in a single word: "Absolutely," he said. He stressed, however, that the Shinnecocks would not go anywhere they weren't welcome.
But a casino being welcome in Plainview appears to be a longshot.
"A casino is totally inconsistent with our single family community character," said Plainview's Carol Meschkow, a civic leader who has long been active in area development issues.
"There are better uses of the land than a casino," said Gary Epstein, president of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Chamber of Commerce. "The project would draw traffic that would not be suitable to our community's residents and would not add to our stature as a town where people would like to 'live, work and play.' "
The property, now owned by Islander's owner Charles Wang, has long been a magnet for controversy. Nassau County operated a tuberculosis hospital on the grounds for decades. The abandoned shells of the Georgian-style buildings still stand. The county sold the property as a "one-shot revenue stream," several years ago," Meschkow said.