Earlier this month, the appellate division of the New York State Supreme Court put a hold on a state Supreme Court decision that voided the county’s transfer of the Coliseum to the gaming company, but that could still represent the early innings in what could be a lengthy legal rift between the country and Hofstra University.
Hofstra, which is the plaintiff in the case, argued that Nassau County officials violated New York’s Open Meetings Law and skirted environmental studies in an effort to expedite the lease transfer to Sands. Since the start of 2023, the casino operator has paid $241 million to the former leaseholder, Nassau Live Center LLC, and $54 million to the county as the lease accord requires.
Legal wranglings are slated to resume Tuesday, but that could still throw a wrench in Sands’ New York plans. Yvonne Hennessey, chair of the New York Bar Association’s environmental law section, told Candace Ferrette of Newsday that even basic environmental cases are taking years to move forward in the state.
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