Las Vegas Sands is considering the Nassau Herb on Long Island and the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum among other locations. However, the company must secure a state license to operate the casino. Patterson and other Sands executives spoke at a joint meeting of the Nasaw Chamber of Commerce and Suffolk County Chambers union and announced the company’s plans.
Representatives for Sands announced that the state gaming commission will open an application window next month. However, officials were told that the license is not expected to be issued before the end of 2023. Sands executives Ron Reese and Norbert Riezler said the company typically invests between $3 billion and $4 billion in casino construction.
Given Long Island’s proximity to LaGuardia and Kennedy airports, the area could be an attractive casino destination, Mr. Patterson says.
“The most important thing about casino venues is that they are close to the airport because the percentage of gamblers is very high,” he said in an interview with Newsday. “Long Island, especially from Queens, can get a high rollercoaster ride in 15 minutes to the airport.”