In August 2016, a grant was offered to Suffolk OTB (off track betting) to open a casino with 1000 video lottery terminals at Jakes’s 58 hotel. However, the nearby villagers including the Mayor of Suffolk opposed it thinking it will fall a bad impression to the surrounding community.
Recently the officials from the same village have appealed the New York State Supreme Court regarding the same issue stating that the permits shouldn’t have been given earlier.
When the case was brought to New York Supreme Court Justice William G.Ford he ruled on 8 September stating the approval of permits should not have been offered and the officials had failed to show that the casino is customarily incidental of the hotel. He further dismissed the case as no other long island hotels have casinos.
Even though the supreme court’s decision was pleasant for the plaintiffs listed in the case according to them, it still is a long battle to fight for. The ruling was a bit hazardous for Suffolk OTB who were counting on $15 million in revenue to outshine their casino business.
The company behind gambling venue stated that despite the ruling they were confident enough that the matter will resolve in the long term. Meantime the gaming venue is allowed to run since they are yielding success since February.