Islandia Village to consider law allowing hotel/gaming facility – Newsday

The Islandia Village Board voted unanimously Monday to propose a law that could help stop a legal effort to shutter the Suffolk OTB video lottery casino at Jake’s 58 hotel.

The board voted 5-0 to propose adding language to the village code allowing a “hotel/gaming facility” in Islandia’s Office and Industry zoning districts. The proposed law also sets parking rules for those facilities.

The board set a public hearing on the proposal for 6 p.m. Nov. 28 at Village Hall.

The law, if enacted, would address a flaw in the village code that was cited by a state justice in September when he ruled the village board had acted improperly last year when it approved a special permit for the gaming parlor.

Opponents of the casino had sued the village and Buffalo-based casino operator Delaware North, arguing the special permit was invalid because gambling halls are not allowed in the office and industry districts.

State Supreme Court Justice William Ford, in his Sept. 8 ruling, said the special permit should not have been granted “because there is no evidence in the record to support a finding that a VLT gaming and/or OTB simulcast facility is a permitted accessory use” in Islandia hotels.

Lawyers for the village have filed papers indicating they plan to appeal Ford’s decision. Lawyers for casino opponents have asked Ford for an injunction closing the casino; Ford has not acted on that request.

Mayor Allan M. Dorman and other village board members did not discuss the measure Monday before voting. In an interview, Village Attorney Joseph Prokop said the proposed law was “pretty straightforward” but declined additional comment, citing the lawsuit.

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Ira Bezack, a Melville lawyer

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