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State Senator Jessica Ramos has voiced her vehement opposition to plans for a new casino near Citi Field, which is the home of the New York Mets. 

The plan was previously backed by the owner of the Mets, Steve Cohen, who has touted it as a boost to the local economy of Queens, which has struggled in recent times. 

He emphasised that the plans would lead to a myriad of amenities that would be seen as a boost to the region and its appeal to tourists. 

The plans however needed the approval of Ramos in order to progress, and after much speculation, Ramos confirmed she had no desire to support the bid.

In a statement, she said: “I will not introduce legislation to alienate parkland in Corona for the purposes of a casino. Whether people rallied for or against Metropolitan Park, I heard the same dreams for Corona. We want investment and opportunity, we are desperate for green space, and recreation for the whole family. We disagree on the premise that we have to accept a casino in our backyard as the trade-off. I resent the conditions and the generations of neglect that have made many of us so desperate that we would be willing to settle.

“I have drafted an alternative alienation bill that strikes a balance and would allow Mr. Cohen and Hard Rock to build a convention centre and hotel, and more than double the proposed open green space. The parcel in question is in strategic proximity to LaGuardia Airport, and allows for visitors and tourists to feed into our vibrant food scene while addressing the consequence of climate change in the area. Mr. Cohen and Hard Rock would still make a profit, albeit less.”

She added: “I hope my Assembly counterpart will consider this proposal so we can bring it to the Governor’s office and get to work. I recommend the City amend the lease to collect revenue from property tax and allow for speedy renovation of this parcel.

“Mr. Cohen and his team have often declared their love for our community and said they recognise our potential. Finding a path forward would be a good way to show it.”