New York Senator Jessica Ramos to weigh in on pending Queens casino project

February 9, 2024
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Ramos will decide whether to support development by the end of the legislative session.

During a recent public forum, New York State Senator Jessica Ramos said “she would make a decision about whether to support a parkland alienation measure” by the end of June’s legislative session, according to a City & State New York local news report.

Ramos’ decision could decide the fate of a possible casino complex building complex located in Northeast Queens.

Mets owner and billionaire Steve Cohen has proposed to construct a casino, park and entertainment complex by using one of three casino licenses available downstate, according to the local report. The new casino would be in the parking lot adjacent to Citi Field.

However, Cohen has come up against community opposition, regulatory obstacles and competing bids.

Before the proposed casino project can be considered, New York legislators must approve a land-use change for the parking lot space, which occupies land designated for public parks.  

Assembly Member Jeffrion Aubry introduced legislation last year to make the necessary changes. However, Ramos cited the need for “more community input” before weighing in on the matter.

During the forum, Ramos heard concerns from residents and told local news that the community must be properly informed regarding plans around the neighborhood.

She commented, “This is a really important decision, and I do think that still not enough community members know about either proposal, or that there is this possibility of a casino coming and our community does deserve to know.

“So, I’m going to continue trying to inform and educate the public about land use and I hope to come up with a decision by the end of session.”


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