Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Long Islanders have officially had their say on the future of Nassau Coliseum and the New York Islanders. It looks like they don’t want either.
The future of professional sports in Nassau County is likely riding on a public referendum on Monday, and both sides are making a full court press.
Both the Association for a Better Long Island and County Executive Ed Mangano are jockeying to win over public sentiment.
On August 1, the people of Nassau County will vote on whether to borrow $400 million to build a new sports and entertainment complex that would include a modernized home for the New York Islanders.
George Maragos says he supports development of the county hub, but he’s not ready to endorse the $400 million sports and entertainment complex proposal going to a referendum – at least, not yet.
The Nassau Interim Finance Authority said if voters approve the $400 million plan to renovate the coliseum, it would result in a 3.5 to 4 percent property tax increase.
The lease agreement would keep the Islanders in Nassau County through the year 2045.
Several hundred union members, construction workers and Islanders fans gathered to implore the Nassau County legislature to approve a plan to replace the aging Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
There is something positive to be said about Nassau Coliseum. It’s antiquated for sure, but when it is the stage for meaningful hockey you will forget all about what it doesn’t provide.