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Sports Entertainment Destination Center Will Jumpstart Nassau’s Hurting Economy

Written by County Executive Edward Mangano Friday, 29 July 2011 00:00
On August 1, Nassau County residents have an opportunity to create over 3,000 new permanent jobs, over 1,500 construction jobs and generate $400 million in tax relief for homeowners. How? It’s simple. Residents can vote in a special election, at their normal polling locations, whether they wish to receive these economic benefits that accompany the creation of a sports-entertainment destination center at the site of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The plan authorizes the County to move forward with building a new sports-entertainment arena, baseball stadium and other improvements to the area.

Letter: The Nassau County Coliseum Plan

Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00
(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to NC Coliseum Plan: Taxpayers Should Fund $400 Million New Arena? Submitted by the Concerned Citizens Association of Farmingdale (CCAF) Board of Directors that appeared in the Farmingdale Observer on Friday, July 15, 2011.)

Aside from the above letter having many factual errors, they oppose government involvement in a private enterprise (NY Islanders) in one paragraph; yet promote government involvement in developing new companies, careers and housing in the next paragraph (all private sector responsibilities.)


Letter: In Favor of Nassau Coliseum Plan

Friday, 22 July 2011 00:00

On August 1, 2011, Nassau County voters will have the opportunity to vote on a positive plan for saving the New York Islanders with a new arena, bringing a minor league baseball stadium to Nassau County, creating jobs and bolstering Nassau County’s economy generally. This is an easy choice to make, and I will be voting yes.

What could be bad about a modern new arena that will be a home for the Islanders till 2045 and a minor league ballpark (is it too much to hope that it will house a Mets farm team?) that will spur reasonable development of the entire Nassau hub and create a guaranteed steady revenue stream for hard-pressed Nassau taxpayers? Remember, the monies due to the county will be based entirely on revenue, regardless of profits. That makes the deal a perfect scenario for taxpayers.


Letter: NC Coliseum Plan: Taxpayers Should Fund $400 Million New Arena?

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

In 1972 the Nassau Coliseum first opened as the new home for NHL’s Islanders.  Nassau County taxpayers funded the construction, at a cost of $31 million; through tax exempt bonds of the 16,300-seat arena on 77 acres of Nassau County owned land. The management of the site was dealt to the Spectacor Mgmt. Group (SMG). The highlight of this run was four straight Stanley Cup Championships from 1980 – 1984.


Letter: Farmingdale State Responds to ‘Take Heart: Get Scanned, Save an Athlete’

Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00

In response to the article which appeared in the July 1 issue of the Farmingdale Observer, “Take Heart: Get Scanned, Save an Athlete,” your reporters conveyed much important information but some clarification is needed.   

Of critical importance are the messages of awareness and the importance of AED training communicated by Melinda Murray, founder of the Dominic A. Murray 21 Memorial Foundation. Murray’s 17-year-old son collapsed and died of sudden cardiac arrest while playing basketball at Farmingdale State College. 


Letter: It is Time for Alternatives to Opiates for Pain

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

With all the problems associated with taking pain medication, isn’t it baffling that they are still widely prescribed as a first line of treatment for pain. There are many safe, effective, and cost effective alternatives.

There is no reason why procedures such as chiropractic adjustments, acupuncture, massage therapy, and physical therapy should not be a physician’s first choice for referral for pain rather then prescription drugs.  Most of these drugs only mask symptoms.


Letter: As LI Prepares for Hurricane Season American Red Cross Is Here to Help

Friday, 08 July 2011 00:00

Hurricane season is here, and our community has the chance right now to take some simple steps that can save lives if we are threatened this year by a hurricane. The disaster relief workers at the Long Island Chapter of the American Red Cross work hard in this community every day to provide relief for those whose lives have been torn apart by disasters.


Letter: Congratulations, High School Class of 2011

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
It gives me great pleasure to join with your many friends, family and classmates in offering my most sincere congratulations on your graduation from high school. This is a great accomplishment and the beginning of many new experiences and adventures.

Letter: Open Letter to NIFA Regarding the Proposed Plans for The Coliseum

Friday, 01 July 2011 00:00
I am writing on behalf of many friends and family members who are fully behind the development plans recently proposed for the Coliseum site. We feel the referendum should proceed on August 1st as planned and that all that is possible to fast-track development should be accomplished.  

The lack of development on this site is a failure of our political process for 50 years to the detriment of all Nassau residents. We have missed opportunities to create a vibrant Hub that we can all be proud of and that would dramatically improve our quality of life. At this juncture we feel that all must be done to work out a private-public partnership for development of this site. The site would become a magnet for further economic development and will help to restore Nassau County’s financial health and civic pride. 


From the Desk of Assemblyman Jim Conte

Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00

Conte Urges Assembly to Repeal MTA Payroll Tax

Assemblyman Jim Conte has urged his assembly colleagues to pass legislation repealing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) payroll tax before the conclusion of the current legislative session. The companion bill passed the Senate, leaving it up to the assembly to eliminate this job-killing tax.

The bill, sponsored by Conte, would begin to phase out the tax beginning in 2012 by first exempting small businesses of 25 employees or fewer as well as public and non-public schools. The tax would be completely eliminated by January 1, 2014, for the seven suburban counties outside of New York City within the MTA’s service region.


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