Lawmakers on eastern Long Island are proposing a task force to study the feasibility of opening a casino as a way of easing fiscal problems.
Suffolk County legislators William Lindsay and Wayne Horsley say they have seen estimates that a gambling establishment could generate millions in revenues. They say it's also possible 10,200 new jobs would be created, producing $445 million in salaries.
The Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton has expressed an interest in working with Suffolk officials to open a casino, although the tribe still needs to receive federal recognition before it can move forward. Estimates vary on how long that process might take.
Legislation is still required to create the task force.