Hofstra University Accused by Nassau County Officials of Coordinating with Casino Rival

Nassau County officials are making serious accusations against Hofstra University, claiming that the university is working with a competitor to undermine the Nassau Coliseum casino bid. County Executive Bruce Blakeman held a press conference to disclose evidence suggesting that Hofstra is collaborating with Hard Rock International, a key player in the bid to establish a casino in the Citi Field parking lots.

Blakeman referenced a Newsday column that highlighted an email from a consultant to Steve Cohen’s bid office, indicating potential communication with Hofstra. He expressed deep concern and suggested that there might be collusion or coordination on the part of Hofstra with another entity against the Nassau Coliseum bid.

To support their allegations, Nassau County issued subpoenas to Hofstra, demanding documents related to any communication with Hard Rock Seminole regarding the casino project. Hofstra University President, Susan Poser, has been summoned to testify before the county Legislature, and in a statement, the university mentioned that they would comply with the law in responding to the subpoena.

The Nassau Coliseum bid, which could face demolition to make way for the casino, has been entangled in legal battles, with Hofstra filing a lawsuit last April to block the project. Amidst the allegations, Hard Rock International swiftly denied any communication with Hofstra related to Nassau. The casino competition in New York has intensified, with developers vying for three $500 million downstate casino licenses.

The Nassau and Queens bids are seen as strong contenders, benefitting from less congested locations compared to proposals targeting Manhattan. Despite the financial challenges, experts see a strategic long-term gain for victorious operators, although the timeline for developments may extend into 2025.