A major development has occurred: Las Vegas Sands (LVS) is now facing a legal maze that may seriously impede its billion-dollar casino project in Nassau County. Even though a 99-year lease was approved in May, LVS is still having difficulty pursuing its ambitious project, according to a recent Newsday article.
The legal issues arise from a lawsuit that Hofstra University filed close to the proposed location of the casino. The organization claims that before authorizing the 99-year lease, appropriate environmental evaluations were disregarded. Furthermore, Hofstra’s lawsuit claims that county authorities did not hold enough public conversations about LVS’s proposed grand casino.
Yvonne Hennessey, an environmental litigation attorney, emphasizes that protracted legal battles often discourage investors. With extensive experience representing investors and developers, she notes that delays of this nature can have a dissuasive effect on potential investments.
Temporary Green Light and Appellate Court Decision
LVS moved quickly to request relief in response to the legal obstacle. A verdict earlier this month by the Appellate Court overturned Nassau County’s permission and gave the casino project a temporary green light. But the legal drama is far from ended since on Tuesday, November 21, 2023, Hofstra will argue in favor of maintaining the first court verdict.
The lawyer for Hofstra, Adam Schuman, argues against the Appellate Court’s involvement and calls for going back to the planning stage, which entails public consultations and an environmental study. According to Schuman, this procedure may be quicker than pursuing drawn-out judicial appeals.
The State Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily invalidate the leasing agreement brought to light Nassau County’s breaches of the State Environmental Quality Review Act and the Open Meetings Law. Speaking about this ruling, Schuman claims that it upholds the people’s legal right to participate in and be heard in choices that have an impact on the public at large.
The future course of the legal dispute will be clarified at the hearing scheduled for November 21, 2023. But there is still a lot of doubt about the project’s future, which might have an impact on how soon LVS’s big casino project in Nassau County gets underway.
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