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US – Community of Bensonhurst says yes to creation of casino at The Coney

By - 17 January 2024

The local community of Bensonhurst in Brooklyn has voted in favour of the proposal for The Coney, a casino earmarked for Coney Island if it lands a licence for one of three gaming facilities in the city.

The Bensonhurst Community Board 11’s yes vote applies to the three potential New York State gaming licenses. The 20 board members who voted yes, want the affected community boards, such as 11 and Coney Island’s Community Board 13, to provide input if The Coney wins a gaming license, so residents can voice their opinions on traffic and job creation with a focus on investing in youth.

The plan is for a towering glass building overlooking the amusement park in the heart of the waterfront community, housing the first casino in the Five Boroughs, along with a new hotelclose to Coney Island’s Boardwalk. 

Robert Cornegy, one of the partners on the pro-casino task force, said: “The more people learn about jobs, opportunities and benefits that The Coney will bring to Brooklyn and Coney Island, the more they like it. We will keep speaking to everyone and engaging our communities from the ground up because Coney Island is a vibrant neighborhood and The Coney will be the economic driver that helps us revitalize it.”

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