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Markowitz: Bring a Casino to Coney Island

Markowitz: Bring a Casino to Coney Island

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Brooklyn borough president pushing for gambling on "America's Playground"

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is pushing for the return of gambling to the Coney Island area.

Markowitz made his case for a Coney Island casino in a Monday editorial in the Daily News.

The borough president says Coney Island is "America's Playground," and a casino would fit right in alongside the amusement park rides and baseball games.
 
He says the state Legislature should consider the idea next year as part of a possible expansion of casino gambling throughout the state. He says a casino at Coney Island could bring jobs to a neighborhood that's been hit hard by unemployment. Markowitz argues that any casino should be required give priority to local job applicants.