It’s clear that the infrastructure of roads and municipal services for a casino on the Shinnecock Reservation is not feasable and that other areas, such as the former Grumman site in Calverton, located at the end of 495 – the Long Island Expressway – is much more likely. Looks like this one is coming down to ‘decision time’…

Shinnecock Indian Reservation

Shinnecock Indian Reservation

The Shinnecocks are based in Southampton, N.Y. Once federally recognized, they would immediately have the right to build a “Class II” casino on their 800-acre reservation, a designation that would mean they could have thousands of video slot machines, but no table games. Like other tribes, the Shinnecocks see a casino as a way to lift their members out of poverty, a condition highlighted by the tribe’s proximity to the extravagance of the Hamptons.

See complete NYTimes story here

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