Letter to the Editor: Vote 'Yes' on Aug. 1

Nassau resident explains why voting "yes" on Aug. 1 is so important.

The following is from Levittown resident Scott Clinco:

On Aug. 1, people of Nassau County all need to go out and vote "yes" for a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league baseball stadium.

Sure, does it suck that in the interim it's going to cost us a little bit of money? Yes! But you can't think about it like that – you have to think about it as a quality of life issue. Getting rid of the Coliseum will make an area that's already not the greatest, a lot worse!

A new Coliseum will have the ability to attract higher quality acts, and additionally maybe the "Frozen Four" NCAA college hockey tournament or a branch of the NCAA basketball tournament as well. These things won't happen with the current structure and tournaments like those would bring in revenue that this county has never seen before.

More so, it would create a buzz. People will talk about Nassau County again – for some, probably for the first time since the early '80s.

With the amount of taxes residents here pay, shouldn't we get the best for our buck? Voting "yes" makes it so you get the best for your buck, rather then voting "no" and voting to let yet another organization leave Nassau County, which the Islanders will do if a new Coliseum isn't built.

When does it stop? It's been a never-ending cycle which has seen property taxes rise exponentially over the last 10 years because there has been development in this area. I say it stops now!

A "yes" vote on Aug. 1 is a vote in favor of the future of Nassau County!

Get out and vote "yes" on Aug. 1. Show people that we still have the can-do attitude here on Long Island!

Bill Alderman July 27, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Anyone who is not 100% sure where to vote on Aug 1 should call their Legislator’s or Councilperson’s office!!!!! I regularly vote at the Barnum Woods Elementary School and when I called Norma Gonsalves’ office and the super helpful person there said, ” that I should vote where I normally vote UNLESS notified differently by mail “ and I have received no notice of any kind . She then triple checked the location for me and told me to still go to Barnum Woods Elementary School on Monday Aug 1st. So I would call today or tomorrow if you are not 100% sure where to go on Aug 1.
Seán O'hEaghra July 31, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Vote yes NIFA will not allow a bad deal for the taxpayers to get passed them they are not elected there for not concerned about re-election they are there to make sure this county make balanced financial decisions this is a vote to let a rough draft of a fantastic idea to continue to have concerts family shows conventions and other great entertainment to remain in your backyard and Pro Sports to remain a identity for Long Island....Charles Wang is going to pay an astronomical amount of rent in this arena the bonds as drafted now are for about 26 million a year he is willing to pay 14 million in rent HALF of the bill off the bat then an additional 11.5 percent of food drinks parking tickets everything now at this time the Islanders are only 30 percent of the arenas revenue producers add the money generated in the new baseball stadium the arena and stadiums naming rights wow it really does get close if not tax neutral the issue at hand here is if the arena is not rebuilt you will be loosing a large revenue generator for nassau county thats why they approached Charles about this proposal its not his idea! if the present arena shutters the taxes will go up more then the 13.80 the taxpayers are on the hook for here demolition costs it really does add up fast lost sales tax its a desperate situation for the county you live it you have to vote yes for the future of nassau county remember NIFA has the final say and if the terms must be adjusted they will be to lower the risk VOTEYES
An tUasal Airgead August 01, 2011 at 12:01 AM
Seán – It is not an “additional” 11.5 %. It is 11.5%, with a guarantee of $14 mil. If the 11.5% only generates $12 mil, Wang will pay a minimum of $14 mil. If the 11.5% generates $15 mil, then that is all Wang is required to pay, under the proposal as written. Based on the proposal, as written, he might never pay more than the $14 mil, which as you pointed out is approximately half of the annual debt. The $13 number everyone is throwing out there is based on an assumption of massive increases in attendance. There is nothing concrete about this proposal, it is based on some seriously hopeful manipulations of the numbers. I wouldn’t count on NIFA to stop it if it passes. They are there to protect the taxpayers from the elected officials, not to protect the taxpayers from themselves :-) http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/documents/Lease.pdf http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/documents/leaseamendment.pdf
Tom LaSusa August 01, 2011 at 02:11 AM
One thing I've never understood (and maybe there's a very good reason I'm not aware of why it wouldn't work) -- why not try to find a buyer for the arena, like Chase, or Target, or some other major brand/bank/corporation that would just slap their logos all over the place and use their money to revamp it? I keep thinking of the Nikon theater at Jones Beach or even the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence Rhode Island.
An tUasal Airgead August 01, 2011 at 11:54 AM
Whatever your position, GET UP AND GO VOTE!! DO NOT RELY ON OTHER PEOPLE TO VOTE YOUR WAY because you are too lazy to do it yourself! If you hate this deal (as I personally do) then GET UP AGAIN, in NOVEMBER and vote out anyone that had a part in it! Vote again in the following elections to do the same! Wang is a businessman. If someone offered you a good deal, you would take it too. Don't blame Wang, blame the game .... the game being played by the current administration in Mineola! These people are in office because we put them there. You can type all the comments you want to, but if you don't exercise you right to vote, because it may be inconvenient, then you are part of the problem too.


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