Amid stiff opposition from residents, Suffolk OTB continues to remain unperturbed and seeks to open a controversial gaming venue in Medford, New York. A consultant has also been finalized to weigh the options and study the potential gambling expansion all across the Empire State.
In pursuit of its desire to achieve this, Suffolk OTB has also filed some preliminary documents to carry out the study of the environmental effects on introducing the massive 160,000 sq.foot video lottery gaming venue at the location of the earlier Brookhaven Movie hall.
It is interesting to note that it happens to be the same 30-acre plot located near the Long Island Expressway, where Suffolk OTB sought to launch the casino in the year 2016.
And, at that time, the proposal to launch the casino did not see the light of the day as resident lodged firm protests.
Now, a similar group of residents, the Medford Civic Association, has taken a pledge to defeat plans of Suffolk OTB.
Meanwhile, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation is slated to hold a hearing on the casino’s application. The hearing will take place on December 9, 2019. Suffolk OTB has amassed a whopping 1000 video game machines at Jake’s 58.
Presently, Suffolk OTB and Delaware North are entangled in a raging legal battle over charges by Suffolk that Delaware North has siphoned off millions of dollars that included overcharging Suffolk OTB and mishandling Jake’s 58. Delaware North was quick to dismiss all these charges.
Suffolk OTB launched Jake’s 58 two years back. And, Delaware North bought a property just next to Jake’s 59 for potential expansion plans.
Reports suggest that Suffolk OTB may seek to obtain a license that may be valid for a full casino.