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8 Comments by Tommy27


Shinnecock Indian Nation wins preliminary federal recognition

Actually it's about money, not gaming. If this was not a profitable enterprise, the Shinnecock nation would not be interested in it...and that's the truth. I am all for having this casino on the Reservation or in Hampton Bays, but I won't stand for this thing where I live. Are you writing from the RES? It sure sounds like it since you refuse to acknowledge any negatives associated with gambling...traffic congestion, crime, degradation of the neighborhoods surrounding the casino, increased police and ancillary services because OF the influx of so many people. Hooray, you were recognized, and deservedly so, but Long Islanders outside of the Shinnecock land deed should not be forced to have your business ventures pushed in their faces. NO ONE WANTS THIS IN THEIR BACKYARD. MAYBE IN SOMEONE ELSES BACKYARD, BUT NOT IN THEIR OWN BACKYARD!" Jul 12, 10 4:37 PM

If you're so all-knowing, then perhaps you should mentions some facts instead of just pontificating from the superior vantage point you display in your posts...really, I'm all ears, as they say, to find out how much more there is to this than GAMING...like I said before, it's not GAMING, but MONEY. When you want to find motivation for many things life, just follow the money..." Jul 12, 10 4:45 PM

What does race have to do with having a crappy Casino in your backyard? Perhaps you like to use the race card, but you can get so much mileage out of it, but race has nothing to do with this...I didn't move here from NYC to get a blasted Casino in my backyard...PLEASE, PUT IT ON THE REZ, IN YOUR BACKYARD! Perhaps you are the racist for expecting everyone to make an exception because of your race...Racism works both ways, you know!" Jul 12, 10 4:52 PM

Tribe pitches economic benefits of casino to county

FULL DISCLOSURE: Although the information we get from 27 East & Newsday is sketchy at best, it is really the only information we have about the casino plans and the different maneuverings of people like Wayne Horsely and Gateway Casinos (the interested investors funding the Shinnecock Indian Casino ventures.) It would be most appropriate if there would be a website where all plans were fully disclosed and discussed, a place where all Long Islanders could find out what's happening...I guess our political representatives haven't thought of that. Before any casino plans go forward, the community directly affected by the casino should vote in favor of or against a casino, and not be bowled over by the developers, business leaders, politicians, and Indians who would try to force a casino down their throats. No positive vote, NO CASINO--------Just because the Shinnecock Tribe is playing a nice game of blackmail by claiming thousands of acres of Southampton land is no reason to smear this misery onto the rest of Long Island. There are a lot of influential and powerful people living in the Hamptons, and a lot of just plain 'ol residents elsewhere on LI who do not want to live near a casino. This is going to be an interesting fight! "" Oct 3, 10 7:24 PM

Shinnecocks get final word, become 565th recognized tribe

FULL DISCLOSURE: Although the information we get from 27 East & Newsday is sketchy at best, it is really the only information we have about the casino plans and the different maneuverings of people like Wayne Horsely and Gateway Casinos (the interested investors funding the Shinnecock Indian Casino ventures.) It would be most appropriate if there would be a website where all plans were fully disclosed and discussed, a place where all Long Islanders could find out what's happening...I guess our political representatives haven't thought of that. Before any casino plans go forward, the community directly affected by the casino should vote in favor of or against a casino, and not be bowled over by the developers, business leaders, politicians, and Indians who would try to force a casino down their throats. No positive vote, NO CASINO--------Just because the Shinnecock Tribe is playing a nice game of blackmail by claiming thousands of acres of Southampton land is no reason to smear this misery onto the rest of Long Island. There are a lot of influential and powerful people living in the Hamptons, and a lot of just plain 'ol residents elsewhere on LI who do not want to live near a casino. This is going to be an interesting fight! "
" Oct 3, 10 7:26 PM

I do appreciate the history lesson, and the term "blackmail" is harsh, but the problems affecting Southampton are getting ready to spill over into other areas of Long Island that have nothing to do with the Indian land clams. Perhaps I should have used the word "leverage," which will be applied by the Indians in order to get a casino built somewhere on Long Island. I think this is an accurate term in view of the fact that the Tribe has revealed that they never intended to build anything in at all in Hampton Bays and just used the land clearing tactic as leverage for building elsewhere. Since I really don't believe that Southampton Township is going to hand over 3,600 acres of land without a struggle, this land claim could also be called pressured leverage giving the Nation a strategic advantage for getting their casino. Although the history you report is accurate, it is widely known that the Village of Southampton and the Shinnecock Nation have agreed not to build a casino in Southampton. Other sites are being considered, which in no way involve Indian rights or land claims, and the people living near these sites in Eastern Suffolk are vehemently opposed to a casino because of the traffic, congestion, and negative changes in the quality of life it will bring. I, for one, would have moved to Uncasville, Connecticut if I want to live by a casino. The only areas somewhat eager for gaming are in the Queens / Nassau border location, and this location is not such a bad idea. I'm glad that I got your attention with my terminology, and I also hope that this entire issue stays in the Hamptons where it belongs. " Oct 4, 10 1:48 AM

Shinnecocks want three casinos on Long Island

Three casinos is really pushing it. Just because the tribe has land claims in the Southampton area does not give them the right to push themselves all over the rest of Long Island. The North Fork has beautiful wineries and farms and should be off limits to this carnival contamination, and the South Fork should be avoided as well, with the exception of the Reservation itself. Federal law is usually very strict about off-Reservation gambling, and to want 3 off Reservation locations is really greedy. Even 1 off Reservation casino would be quite unusual for the Federal Government to permit. If a Reservation is "planned" where you live on Long Island, speak up people and let your voices be heard if you don't want it near you. The Federal Law is VERY STRICT about residents being in compliance with such a development." Jun 15, 11 2:12 PM

Too bad you don't support other rights to the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of their homes and property. I don't support anyones right to do whatever they please. At best, you are misguided. " Jun 15, 11 2:18 PM