Pro-VLT “Fair Share for Our Community” Group Holds Press Event at Belmont
A coalition of teamsters, building trades and assorted unions comprising the “Fair Share for Our Community” group held a press conference at the gates of Belmont this past weekend. The coalition group which includes local Elmont community members and leaders highlighted their concerns and advocated for the installation of VLTs in the grandstand area of Belmont. The chairperson for the Coalition is Elmont East End Civic Association President Patrick Nicolosi. Also attending the press conference were members of the Elmont Chamber of Commerce that have endorsed VLTs at Belmont.
Nicolosi kicked off the press conference surrounded by union advocates and local community members and highlighted the benefits of VLTs. He cited money for education, job creation, local community investment, revenue for Nassau County and blasted what he called “fear mongering” about crime. Supporters of VLTs held signs that boldly said “Yes”chanted throughout the conference as benefits were read aloud by speakers.
“We’re losing billions of dollars to New Jersey, Connecticut and New York City- for what?” said Nicolosi adding, “the Police commissioner of Nassau County says clearly there will be no increase in crime.”
During the press conference, Nicolosi and Union Leader Kevin McCafrey displayed a map of Belmont park that outlines the location of the VLT parlor and mileage from the respective schools. “As you can see, the VLT parlor is nowhere near Floral Park Bellerose School. It’s in Elmont,” said Nicolosi.
Nicolosi specifically cited County programs and services that would be in danger of cuts and would be saved by VLTs. The funding for programs was included in the County budget that was unanimously voted on by the County Legislature. Local County Legislators Vincent Muscarella, Richard Nicolello and Carrie Solages voted yes on the budget that included VLT revenues.