A bid to open a casino on Coney Island is gaining more support

The application process for three casino-licenses in New York State continues. One of the applicants is the Thor Equities project on Coney Island, which is growing in support.

A new member of the Thor Equities team is former South Brooklyn Councilman Domenic Recchia. He will act as an attorney and consultant on the project. During his tenure as a councilman, the former politician said he always wanted to build an entertainment center or hotel in the area. In 2009, he was instrumental in changing the district’s zoning to become a year-round amusement, entertainment and hotel district.

In an interview, Recchia noted, We have an opportunity to redevelop Coney Island. It’s always been my dream, my vision as a councilmember, <...> for Coney Island to become a year-round vacation destination: it needed a hotel, it needed an attraction.

Recchia said the Thor Equities team prioritized neighborhood safety, youth development and employment opportunities in their proposal. Their plans include potential partnerships with the NYPD and the Department of Education.

On Aug. 14, Thor Equities announced that it had collected more than 10,000 signatures on a petition in support of the casino. According to Michael DeLoach, one of the project’s partners, 98% of those signatures are from residents of southern Brooklyn.

We think this is a big win for the neighborhood and Brooklyn. That’s why we

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