NASSAU COUNTY, LONG ISLAND (WABC) — Several protesters gathered on Long Island to voice their opposition to a proposed new casino on the grounds of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

The Las Vegas Sands has applied to three properties downstate with gaming licenses.

This includes 80 acres of property owned by the Coliseum in Uniondale.

The casino development will include hotels, restaurants, performance space and conference space.

However, the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association says a casino would be bad for the community. Participants say that, among other things, this could lead to an increase in crime.

“It just promotes psychological addiction,” said Pearl Jacobs of the Nostrand Gardens Civic Association. “It’s a traffic nightmare, a pollution and environmental nightmare.”

Las Vegas Sands says the casino will create 12,000 construction jobs and 5,000 entertainment jobs.

Nassau County says if the revenue is right and community support is there, it will be open.

“I think it would be a dereliction of duty for the government not to listen,” Bruce Blakeman said.

The deal still needs to get state approval.

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