Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant suggests interest in playing for former division rival New York Giants

first_img Beau Lund Written by April 17, 2018 /Sports News – National Free agent wide receiver Dez Bryant suggests interest in playing for former division rival New York Giantscenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailScott Clarke/ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant expressed interest in continuing his career playing for a team in the NFC East division. One team that appeals to the former All-Pro: the New York Giants.Speaking with 247Sports.com, Bryant called the prospect of playing for the Giants “crazy,” pointing to the team’s talent on offense and defense:“The Giants got a helluva defense… They’re going to pay OBJ [Odell Beckham Jr.], so coming back. Playing with him, Sterling [Shepard] … the tight end [Evan Engram], [Eli] Manning? Crazy. … That’d be crazy.”Bryant also told 247Sports.com it would “be fun” to play for the Los Angeles Rams after they reached the playoffs last season for the first time in twelve seasons.Bryant was released by the Cowboys last week after playing eight season for the team. He was drafted by the Cowboys in 2010 and made three Pro Bowls during his time in Dallas.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Vote-by-Mail in Cape May County

first_imgMail-in ballots are the way to vote in the November election. This year will be the most unique election in recent memory, if only because it will primarily take place in New Jersey by a Vote-by-Mail process. This creates a lot of questions for some people who have never voted by mail.The Cape May County Clerk’s Office and the Cape May County Board of Elections is providing the answers to many of the frequently asked questions, according to a county news release.State law for this year dictates that this election will be primarily Vote-by-Mail. Every active voter will be sent a Vote-by-Mail Ballot. There are four options for returning your ballot, one of which is to return your voted, sealed ballot to your polling place on election day.Voting will not be allowed at a voting machine. Voters with a disability which prevents them from voting a paper ballot will be able to vote on an assistive device at the polling place. Disabled voters should contact the Board of Election for more information at 609-465-1050.Anyone who shows up wants to vote in-person on Election Day will be voting via a paper provisional ballot.For individuals who want to return their Vote-by-Mail ballot there are four options. People can send their ballots in by mail. Those ballots must be postmarked by Election Day on Nov. 3 and received at the Board of Elections by Nov. 10.The second option is to place your ballot in a secure Drop Box location. They can drop off their ballot at the Board of Elections by Nov. 3 at 8 p.m. The final option is to drop off your ballot at your polling place on Election Day.If you are dropping off your ballot in-person, you can only return your ballot.Now that the ballots are printed and mailed the County Clerk’s Office is transitioning to focus on assisting voters one-on-one with replacing spoiled ballots and a host of other issues.The office will be sending a postcard on or about Oct. 19 to active voters who have not returned their ballots reminding them to return their ballot. Individuals can contact the County Clerk for issues regarding their ballot or to go to their polling place to vote a provisional ballot.The state put together a website with answers to many questions that people might have including learning about registering to vote, tracking your ballot, polling locations, FAQ’s, and more. The website can be found at https://nj.gov/state/elections/vote.shtmlAnyone who wants to drop off their ballot to a secure Drop Box location can choose anyone of the following.Cape May County Clerk’s Office, 7 North Main Street, Cape May Court HouseCape May County Public Works Building, 536 Woodbine-Ocean View Road, OceanviewCape May Municipal Hall, 643 Washington Street, Cape MayLower Township Municipal Hall, 2600 Bayshore Road, VillasLower Township Public Safety Building (court entrance) in the Cape May County Airport Complex, ErmaMartin Luther King Center, 207 W Main St, WhitesboroOcean City Municipal Hall, 861 Asbury Avenue, Ocean CitySea Isle City Branch Cape May County Library, 4800 Central Avenue, Sea IsleStone Harbor Branch Cape May County Library, 9516 2nd Avenue, Stone HarborUpper Township Municipal Hall, 2100 Tuckahoe Road, PetersburgWildwood Municipal Hall, 4400 New Jersey Ave, WildwoodOther important links for voters to find information:Cape May County Voter resources:www.capemaycountyvotes.comImportant Notice to Cape May County General Election Voters:https://www.capemaycountyvotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/General-2020-Notice-to-Mail-In-Voter.pdfSample ballots:https://www.capemaycountyvotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/2020-Generald-Election-Ballots-FINAL-9.11.2020-4.15pm-da.pdfCape May County Drop Box Locations:https://www.capemaycountyvotes.com/voter-information/drop-box-locations/Cape May County Polling Locations:https://www.capemaycountyvotes.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Polling-Places-General-9.1.2020.pdflast_img read more

Senate examines academic Honor Code

first_imgStudent senate met Wednesday night to discuss the University’s Honor Code, last week’s “A Time to Heal” dinner and vote on a resolution regarding senate members also being directors in the executive cabinet. First Year of Studies Dean Hugh Page and senior Abby Davis, co-chairs of the University Code of Honor Committee, gave a brief presentation on the University’s Honor Code, which is currently under review. “We’ve actually been working on this for a little over a year and thinking about what our post-productive next steps would be,” Hugh said. Page said the Code is verbose, which can lead to confusion for students. “It’s dense and it does not necessarily promote the kind of close and sustained reading that one would hope,” he said. “There are codes that are much shorter — codes, for example, like for the United states military academies that are about a sentence or two long. Our’s is rather at the extreme opposite end of that spectrum.” Ideally, the recommendations and changes will be available for the next school year, Page said. “The best of all possible goals would be for us to recommend our changes before the end of the academic year,” he said. “It may prove to be way too ambitious, but at the very least we’d like to collect all of the community sentiment by the middle of next semester.” The senators then discussed the Oct. 28 “A Time to Heal” dinner, sponsored by the Gender Relations Center and the University Counseling Center. Senators who attended described their experience at the dinner and guided a discussion about the event. St. Edward’s Hall senator John Kill said the dinner highlighted a facet of sexual assault that is often neglected in discussion. “I think healing is one of the aspects of sexual violence that we never think about, because we always get caught up in the who or when of the act and then the procedures and prevention,” he said. “But the thing is, it still happens, so it’s important to continue that aspect of healing. There are always people who are going to be victims of sexual violence and dating violence, and let people know this is something people are always struggling with.” Rebecca Blais, director of internal affairs, along with other members of the internal affairs committee, presented a resolution to amend the senate constitution. The issue in question was whether senators could also serve as directors to the executive cabinet. Two senators, John Kill of St. Edward’s Hall and Michael Finan of Dillon Hall, currently serve as directors. Directors are nonvoting members of senate, unless they’re also senators, and Blais said holding both positions is a potential conflict of interest.“By having someone serve as both a director in the executive cabinet and as a senator, that has the potential to give cabinet undue influence in senate,” she said. “Jack [Kill] and Michael [Finan]  have remained unbiased in their votes and they’ve been polite in their voting and abstaining, but nothing required them to do that. In the future, if we were to get people who weren’t quite as ethical as them, it could give the cabinet influence that they shouldn’t necessarily have in senate.”The resolution passed. Tags: A time to heal dinner, Honor Code, Student government, student senatelast_img read more

Johanna Day & More Join Broadway Revival of You Can’t Take It With You

first_img You Can’t Take It With You Related Shows View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 22, 2015 The cast will also include Nick Corley, Austin Durant and Joe Tapper as the three G-Men. Additional previously announced cast members include Mark Linn-Baker, Reg Rogers, Crystal A. Dickinson, Marc Damon Johnson and Patrick Kerr. Complete casting will be announced sometime next week.center_img The Pulitzer Prize-winning You Can’t Take It With You centers on the freethinking Sycamore family and the mayhem that ensues when their daughter’s fiancé brings his conservative, straight-laced parents to dinner on the wrong night. The show debuted at the Booth Theatre in 1936 and was last revived on Broadway in 1983. The new production will feature original music by Jason Robert Brown. Tony nominee Johanna Day, Will Brill and Fran Kranz have joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman’s You Can’t Take It With You. The trio will play Mrs. Kirby, Ed Carmichael and Tony Kirby, respectively. They join a starry lineup that includes James Earl Jones, Kristine Nielsen, Annaleigh Ashford, Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Ashley and Byron Jennings. Performances will begin on August 26 at the Longacre Theatre. Opening night for the Scott Ellis-helmed production is set for September 28. Day received a Tony nod for her performance in Proof and appeared on Broadway August: Osage County. Brill made his Broadway debut earlier this year in Act One. Kranz appeared on the Great White Way in 2012 in Death of a Salesman.last_img read more

Vermont Pure acquires Blue Hills Spring Water Company

first_imgVermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: VPS) announced that it has acquired the assets of Blue Hills Spring Water Company, Inc. of Quincy, Massachusetts. Blue Hills is better known by its popular brand Monadnock Mountain Spring Water.The assets purchased include trucks, dispensing equipment, bottles, and customer lists. Blue Hills’ customers will be merged into Vermont Pure’s local existing operation creating more density in the Boston market for the Company.”Blue Hills, through Monadnock, has been a recognized leader in the Boston bottled water market for many years and the acquisition of their customer base puts us in position to be a major player in the largest metro area in New England,” said Peter Baker, CEO of Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. “We are excited to supply Vermont Pure Natural spring water, as well as our other home and office refreshment products, to Blue Hills’ customers,” he concluded.Approximately 5,000 customers were acquired in the transaction. “The transition to Vermont Pure is an obvious one for us. They have a long history of providing superior customer service and an extensive selection of quality products including their flagship brands, Vermont Pure(R) and Crystal Rock(R),” said Mike Verrochi CEO of Blue Hills.Vermont Pure Holdings, Ltd. (NYSE: VPS) , the largest independent home and office distributor of its kind in the United States, markets water, coffee and other home and office refreshment products throughout the Northeast through its subsidiary Crystal Rock LLC. The Company bottles and distributes natural spring water under the Vermont Pure(R) brand and purified water with minerals added under the Crystal Rock(R) label. The majority of its sales are derived from a route distribution system that delivers water in 3- to 5-gallon reusable and recyclable bottles. The Company continues to set high standards in the bottled water industry through its technical innovation, commitment to the environment and by integrating its family roots into relationships with employees and customers. More information is available at http://www.crystalrock.com(link is external).Note: This press release contains forward looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward looking statements, including the effects of the pending restatement of our consolidated financial statements, integration of acquisitions, ability to sustain and manage growth, changing market conditions, and other risks detailed in the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.WATERTOWN, Conn., April 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ —last_img read more

Southold Court Clerk Stole Funds, DA Says

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The senior Southold Town Justice Court clerk resigned this week before facing allegations in Suffolk County court that she stole bail and other funds she had been tasked with managing, authorities said.Christine Stulsky will be arraigned Friday before Judge James Hudson, but prosecutors did not specify what charges she is facing for the alleged thefts.District Attorney Tom Spota said his investigators “found evidence of asset misappropriation” committed by Stulsky, whose duties also included the collecting and depositing fines generated by the closure of court cases.The 64-year-old New Suffolk woman, who has worked for north Fork town court for 34 years, is Southold town’s second-longest serving employee, according to The Suffolk Times, which first reported the story earlier this week.The Southold Town Justice Court handles over 5,000 matters annually, including traffic violations, criminal offenses, town code violations, landlord and tenant cases, civil actions and small claims actions, according to the town website.Spota said that the investigation, which includes an analysis of voluminous paper and electronic records, is continuing.last_img read more

Long Island Power Women in Business Honored

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Some of the most influential women in the Long Island business landscape brought their colleagues, families and friends together for a night of celebration at the ‘Power Women in Business’ awards and networking event in Great Neck.Nearly 600 guests filled Leonard’s Palazzo to see Schneps Communications recognize Long Island’s most outstanding women in business, banking, real estate, law, not-for-profit and entrepreneurship. The honorees shared business cards, enjoyed cocktails and food and received a beautiful, iconic bronze award and certificate for the work they do in their businesses and communities. The women were also presented with swag from Godiva, Bottle Bargains and Demarche.“We are thrilled because you are it, you are the stars of the east coast,” Victoria Schneps, co-publisher of Schneps Communications and Long Island Press, told the honorees. “You are the power of Long Island.”The ceremony was highlighted by a number of awards of distinction: Antoinette Biordi, a reporter and anchor for News 12 Long Island, received the ‘Star of Stars’ award;Ann Conroy, president of the Long Island division of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, received the ‘Realtor of the Year’ award.Kim Gavin and Renee Wisinski, co-founders of Twin Tech, LLC received the ‘Innovators of the Year’ award; Amy Altman and Moriah Adamo, partners at Abrams Fensterman, received the ‘Dynamic Duo’ award; Pavneet Kaur Mehra, vice president of CitiCards branded cards, received the ‘Rising Star’ award.The event concluded with a raffle portion in the which 100 percent of proceeds were raised to benefit the rock can roll organization.The rest of the ‘Power Women’ honorees were as follows:Dr. Neva Helena Alexander, Founder, Neva Global AllianceLorraine Aycock, SVP & Market Manager of Enterprise Business and Community Engagement, Bank of AmericaGrace Balucci-Doria, CEO, Grace’s MarketplaceHon. Ruth Bogatyrow Kraft, Partner, Vigorito, Barker, Porter, & Patterson LLPAnnamarie Bondi-Stoddard, Managing Partner, Pegalis & Erickson, LLCSusan Bortone, Director of Operations, GoHealth Urgent CareSandra N. Busell, Partner, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLPJean Camilletti, Franchise Partner, Blo Blow Dry BarJennifer Cantin, Director of Marketing & Development, Lessings Hospitality GroupMargo Cargill, CEO, Titanium Linx Consulting, Inc.Marianela Casas, Assistant Commissioner for Community Engagement, Nassau County Police DepartmentStephanie Castro, Associate Group Director Vice President, Signature BankShalu Chopra, Community AdvocateYvonne Cort, Partner, Capell Barnett Matalon & Schoenfeld, LLPCheryelle Cruickshank, CEO, Human FirstElizabeth Custodio, Vice President, Community Development & CRA Officer for NY People’s United BankDonna M. Douglas, Director of Operations, Academy Charter SchoolWendy Dubner-Master, President, Heritage Farms & GardenAllison Ehrlich, District Manager, ADPBrigitte Ferrada, SVP & Relationship Manager, Capital OneMeredith Friedman, Partner, Van Horn & Friedman, P.C.Amanda Field, Commissioner, Plainview Water DistrictLoretta Gastwirth, Partner, Meltzer LippeKim Gates Goldstein, Attorney, Gates Goldstein, LLPCheri Giglia, Managing Director, CPA, Supporting Strategies, North Shore LIReena Gulati, Principal Attorney, Reena Gulati, PLLCDaria Hoffman, Attorney & Associate Real Estate BrokerKristen Jarnagin, President & CEO, Discover Long IslandMelissa Kaiser, Vice President- Business Development Officer, Flushing BankDeborah Kaminetzky, Owner, Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C.Elena Karabatos, Partner, Schlissel Ostrow Karabatos, PLLCKaren Keating, President, Tradition Title Agency, Inc.Kelsey Knutsen, Chief Marketing Officer, Tully Rinckey PLLCRobyn Kreiner, MD, Adult & Pediatric Allergist, Strauss Allergy & AsthmaDr. Eve Lupenko, Greenberg Plastic Surgery and DermatologyJoan Hope MacNaughton, Founder & Artistic Director, Leggz LTDRuni Mukherji Ratnam, Ph.D., SUNY Old WestburySamantha Ray, Head of Operations, American Investment PropertiesGail Ritzert, Partner, Hawkins, Rosenfield, Ritzert & Varriale, LLPGyll Sbrocchi, Senior Mortgage Loan Officer, Bethpage Federal Credit UnionJudy L. Simoncic, Partner, Forchelli Deegan Terrana LLPKaren Tenenbaum, Managing Partner and Founder, Tenenbaum Law, P.C.Davi Tserpelis, SVP Regional Business Banking Manager, City National BankCristina Velez, General Manager, Hampton Inn & Suites at Rockville Centre Kathy Viard, Broker/Owner, Signature Premier PropertiesVeena Vijayendra, Public Health Policy AdvocateJulie Watterson, Executive Director, Kids Clubhouse of Suffolk CountyAmy Zaslansky, Founder, The Book FairiesMerrill Zorn, President & CEO, Zorn’s of BethpageAntoinette Biordi, who was also the guest emcee for the event, took a moment to reflect on what being a ‘Power Woman’ meant to her when she addressed the crowd.“I get to be a woman in charge and in power every day and I just hope that I can continue to inspire a new generation of power women,” Biordi said. “It’s important now more than ever, especially in this social climate, that we recognize, connect, support and empower each other.”Lorraine Aycock, senior vice president and market manager of enterprise business and community engagement for Bank of America, said that the importance of such an event is the ability to bring so many influential women together to join forces.“The idea of harnessing all of this power in one room, it really speaks to where Long Island is and how women have been part of the change and are working together to really touch so many areas of the community,” Aycock said.For Joan Hope MacNaughton, who has owned her dance studio Leggz LTD since she was 19, the event was a reminder that women are capable of anything.“Women are naturally powerful, they just have to realize it themselves and become very independent,” she said. “When you become independent you become powerful.”Wisinksi added that the ‘Innovators of the Year’ award she and Gavin received is validation that they are making a difference.“It’s inspirational to be recognized for something that we kind of feel comfortable doing in the everyday,” Wisinski said. “But I think if one person pays attention and is inspired by what Kim and I have done then we’ve done our job.”The platinum sponsor of the event was London Jewelers, while other sponsors included: Investors Bank; Flushing Bank; Parker Jewish Institute for Rehabilitation and Health Care; Capital One; Vigorito, Barker, Porter and Patterson, LLP; Northwell Health Go Health Urgent Care; Lessing’s Hospitality Group; Signature Premier Properties; Kaminetzky Law & Mediation, P.C.; People’s United Bank; jetBlue; Rallye Auto Group; Capell, Barnett, Matalon and Schoenfeld, LLP; Raich, Ende and Malter Co., LLP; Zorn’s of Bethpage; Godiva; The Salon Project; and Sandwire.Click here to view the photo gallery from the event. 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Check fraud stages a comeback

first_imgSources:J.P. Morgan, “2015 AFP Payments Fraud and Control Survey Report of Survey Results,” March 2015.Lott, David. “Take On Payments: Squeezing the Fraud Balloon,” Take On Payments – Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. March 16, 2015. In the dozen or more years since check volumes began to decline as the preferred payment method for consumers, they never lost their rank as the preferred method for fraudsters. There are half as many checks now, but nowhere near a proportionate decline in check fraud.In our annual Bluepoint review of check fraud last year, we hinted that it might be making a comeback. Only a few months have passed, but the signs are already strengthening. The most recent data (American Bankers Association Deposit Account Fraud Survey) shows that one out of three dollars of losses due to fraud involved checks, primarily counterfeits and returned deposits.In addition, a study by the Association for Financial Professionals reports that 19% of the institutions they surveyed have witnessed an increase in attempted fraud over the most recent two years. Most of the rest did not see a decline—which means that the risk per check is increasing almost across the board. Just when you thought you could worry about something else for a change…New Findings from AFSA white paper just out from the experts at Advanced Fraud Solutions, “Check Fraud is Back,” attributes much of the new threat level to the rise of mobile deposit capture—now used by almost 75% of all consumers—and the still-in-progress transition to pin-and-chip EMV cards.As fraud using stolen and counterfeit cards becomes more difficult, checks regain some of their attractiveness as targets, abetted by the fact that mobile deposits eliminate the need to present the physical check at all. And there remains a huge untapped market for growth in all mobile services.The idea isn’t new. But AFS also offers confirming evidence. For example, Canadian banks—which are farther along deploying EMV cards than the U.S.—are now reporting a huge 300% boom in fraudulent credit and checking account applications. You know that trend’s not going anywhere good.Further rounding out the picture, AFS points to the significant increase in global money laundering, and the threat of terrorist groups using banks to fund their activities. These shifts have spawned increased regulatory demands via OFAC (the Office of Foreign Assets Control), which in turn trigger the need for a similar level of vigilance that we have started giving ordinary fraud prevention.Here’s the rub: institutions have lately been redirecting their technology resources away from fraud detection and prevention—believing that fraud, like checks, were quietly going away. But this loss of attention has further exacerbated the problem. Ironically, most of these reallocations have been in favor of mobile and other advanced services—the very ones that now look like feeding a resurgence of check crimes.The Perennial Billion-Dollar PerilWe encourage financial institutions to initiate services that speak to the high demand for consumer convenience, such as offering more mobile functionality and other self-services. At the same time, we concur with AFS and others who affirm that check fraud is a serious ongoing concern for all stakeholder groups.At best, there’s still about a billion dollars a year in actual losses at stake, to say nothing of the indirect costs of prevention, and potential loss of consumer trust.Fortunately, tools to curb fraud of all types are evolving quickly, making use of shared data and technologies that allow consolidation of multiple vendors and systems. When these are configured into a single, integrated workflow that can detect fraud in real time, then the stage can be set for finally reversing the direction of check fraud. 69SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Alissa Fry-Harris Alissa Fry-Harris is the director of marketing for Bluepoint Solutions, which provides integrated, end-to-end payment processing and content management technology solutions that help credit unions achieve the strategic goals of … Web: www.bluepointsolutions.com Detailslast_img read more

Help your team win with learning this month

first_imgThis is placeholder text This post is currently collecting data… Eddie Robinson is recognized by many experts as one of the greatest college football coaches in history. After a 56-year career, he retired in 1997 with a record of 408-165-15. I had the privilege to meet this humble and approachable giant twice—and had a great conversation both times.Something that Robinson is known for saying about reaching your full potential came to mind as we were preparing to celebrate Learning and Development Month this month:“The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential … these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.”Robinson was a great developer of talent. Although he coached at a smaller college (Grambling State University, a historically black university in Grambling, Louisiana), more than 200 of his players went on to play professional football. To celebrate Learning & Development Month, I encourage you to pause and take stock of the learning and development activities at your credit union right now. What is going well? What could you add or do better to help your leaders and team members learn and develop? Here are five ideas for your consideration:Join an organization that supports the development of every member of your team on an ongoing basis.Set up an online learning portal to provide educational content and courses and track the learning activities that individual employees undertake and complete.If you haven’t already, design individual development plans for each member of your staff. If you have IDPs in place, make time this month to review and update them.Examine the culture in which talent is developed at your credit union. Does it really foster the kind of learning that will secure future organizational wins?Don’t forget to provide for your board’s learning. Whether it’s coursework, discussing a relevant video at each board meeting, or doing an assessment of the full board or individual directors, promoting development at the board level will set up your credit union for success.Joining in the celebration of Learning and Development Month, CUES is offering weekly educational challenges designed to get leaders and team members engaged with learning, including the newest benefit of CUES membership: Harvard ManageMentor™. We hope all participants will find the challenges useful in re-committing to talent development.center_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pembroke Since joining CUES in March 2013, John Pembroke has played a leadership role in developing and launching a new direction in CUES’ strategy, branding and culture. Under his guidance, CUES … Web: www.cues.org Detailslast_img read more

Westbury Casino at Fortunoff Plan Nixed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Nassau Regional Off-track Betting (OTB) Corp. dropped its controversial proposal to open a mini-casino in Westbury and vowed to search for another location after opponents sued the agency and tried to have the county legislature block the plan.“While we firmly believe that this site would have received all of the necessary approvals, it is clear that the level of opposition from the surrounding neighbors and their elected representatives no longer made the Fortunoff’s property a viable option consistent with NROTB’s long-term business model,” Arthur T. Walsh, attorney for the OTB, said in a statement Saturday.Nassau Coliseum, Jones Beach and Belmont Park racetrack have been among the most widely debated alternative locations, but it was unclear when the OTB would pick a new location. The OTB previously demurred on building the facility at the Race Palace in Plainview after neighbors complained.The Village of Westbury, the towns of Hempstead and North Hempstead, neighboring civic associations and Winthrop University Hospital had filed a lawsuit Friday against the Nassau OTB the in New York State Supreme Court in Mineola in an attempt to stop the agency from purchasing the former Fortunoff site at The Source mall. Four days prior, the Republican Nassau County Legislature leadership refused to vote on a Democratic proposal to replace the three-member OTB board backing the plan—but later joined the chorus of critics urging the gambling parlor be moved elsewhere.“The use of the former Fortunoff’s location appears that it would violate a town law governing the citing of OTB facilities,” Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray wrote in a letter Thursday to Nassau OTB Chairman Joseph Ciaro. “The town intends to enforce this provision.”Murray was referring to a law that bans gambling facilities—such as the 1,000 video lottery terminals (VLT), aka electronic slot machines—within 500 feet of a residence. OTB officials have maintained that New York State law exempts them from town zoning laws.North Hempstead town and Westbury village officials had joined the suit on similar grounds. The hospital in Mineola claimed that traffic from the site could slow ambulances and potentially risk lives as a result.“We believe that it will significantly increase traffic congestion in the area and in so doing will pose a serious health threat to local residents and surrounding communities,” John Collins, President and CEO of Winthrop-University Hospital, had said in a statement.Before the suit was filed, hundreds of residents packed the county legislature Monday to demand that the GOP majority take up a Democratic proposal to swap out the OTB board with members opposed to building a gaming parlor in Westbury. Presiding Officer Norma Gonsalves (R-East Meadow) refused to call the bill for a vote because it didn’t have enough support to guarantee passage. The crowd heckled the board as lawmakers tried to explain their position.“If we vote to remove this board, it kills the VLT parlor anywhere in this county,” said Legis. Richard Nicolello (R-New Hyde Park). “I believe that there is a place in Nassau County for a VLT parlor.”Among the things the frustrated crowd shouted back at the legislators was: “You’re a disgrace to Nassau County!”Then, a day before the lawsuit was filed, Gonsalves—who had yet to publicly take a position on the proposed gaming center—came out against the proposal. She issued a statement calling on the OTB to move the site, saying that it is “increasingly clear that an unbridgeable chasm exists between the parties on either side of this issue.”“There appears to be little likelihood that an amicable compromise can be found that would gain public support,” she said. “I believe we have arrived at the time when Off Track Betting must bow to the will of the people and consider abandoning its pursuit of the Fortunoff site.”On the other side of the county line, Brookhaven town officials and civic leaders opposed to a similar proposal by the Suffolk OTB to build an estimated $40-million, nearly 100,000-square-foot parlor on a vacant lot in Medford that the agency bought for $10 million. That parlor may open by next year. Nassau hopes its mini-casino could open as early as November.last_img read more