By Paula Katinas
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Coney Island isn’t going to become the next Atlantic City after all. After much talk about the possibility, Governor Cuomo’s plan to bring casino gambling to New York State doesn’t include turning Coney Island’s iconic boardwalk into the boardwalk of Atlantic City. And that’s just fine with John Lisyanskiy, a candidate for the City Council seat in that community.
Lisyanskiy, a City Council analyst for who is running for the Democratic Party’s nomination in the 47th Council District to replace term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr. (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst), said he wouldn’t want to bet the house on a casino in Coney Island. He said he’s pleased Cuomo is putting the gambling dens upstate.
“Governor Cuomo’s pledge that no casinos are built in New York City for the next five years shows his commitment to protecting our neighborhoods,” Lisyanskiy said. “As a community we truly came together with one voice to ensure that our objections to a Coney Island casino were heard,” he said.
The New York Daily News recently reported that Cuomo’s plan includes opening three casinos upstate. The governor is also instituting a five year ban on any casinos in New York City, the News reported.
In his announcement, Cuomo stated that the goal of the casino plan was to create jobs and boost tourism in upstate New York. The plan includes establishing a non-political independent process for the siting of resort gaming destinations, according to the official announcement.
"Our state has a unique opportunity to revitalize the local economies of communities in upstate New York and create thousands of new jobs where they are needed most,” the governor stated
“For years neighboring states like Connecticut and New Jersey have benefited from New Yorkers leaving our state to visit their gaming facilities. We want to reverse this trend by putting new resort destinations in upstate New York, a strategy that will attract more tourists and visitors to come and shop at our local businesses, visit regional attractions, and help create new jobs in our communities,” he said.
Lisyanskiy is one of several candidates running in the Democratic Primary in September for Recchia’s council seat. Todd Dobrin, Brian Gotlieb, Michael Treybich and Mark Treyger have all expressed an interest in running.