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Mangano Seeking Private Proposals for Coliseum Site

County executive says all privately-funded proposals will be considered after public vote fails.

One day after the referendum to build a new Nassau Coliseum was voted down by residents, County Executive Ed Mangano has announced that he is now looking for privately financed proposals to redevelop the 77-acre site surrounding the current Coliseum.

Voicing no regrets about the vote, which called for taxpayers to fund the $400 million sports-entertainment complex, he assured that any risk of public finance was permanently put on ice with Monday's outcome. Now the county executive is soliciting private proposals that may save the New York Islanders and Nassau residents' dollars.

"No offer will be discouraged. ... This is simply a call to bring them forward now, in whatever form that they are in," Mangano said. "Bring them forward now so that we can consider them in the [Request-for-Proposal] process."

Mangano asked that proposals be submitted by Aug. 12 for what he called a "drafting process," so that the entire process would not come to a standstill.

"The clock has been ticking. 2015 is around the corner and if you're going to redevelop that property, rather than have a lag in development, we need decisions now," he said.

Mangano said he has made Islanders owner Charles Wang aware of the new plan, but no further steps have been taken by Wang at this time.

Democrats have questioned Mangano's plan from the beginning and after the results were in, the opposition ripped into the vote, calling it "a failed stunt."

"I urge Mr. Mangano to do what he should have done in the first place … and that is to give us a privately-funded development plan with clear details as to how it protects taxpayers while stimulating economic growth," Minority Leader Diane Yatauro, D-Glen Cove, said.

A vocal opponent from the start, Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs called for bipartisanship during the next phase.

“A privately funded new Coliseum should be the first phase of an overall smart growth development plan for the full 77-acre site,” Jacobs said. “I will urge the Democratic caucus in the legislature to work with their Republican colleagues and County Executive Mangano to work this out for the people of Nassau.”

Vincent August 04, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Mac, your well thought out words are representative of another politician. Only that politician is playing on a much much larger stage.
ken Ehalt August 04, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I have lived on Long Island since a Kid starting in 1960..I will allways love those early , and later years. Making a move is not easy thing to do but something I felt I will have to do when I retire. Mostly it is the taxes, because it when I bought my house in 1980 my taxes were very low even though I made much less.. They have been going up so fast that they will be taking up almost all of my SS in a few years. I will be left with my 401K savings. I do not want to live that way... My kids and their friends are even in a worse shape. 30 years ago you could easily get a decent job ,and by a house, raise a family have health insurance etc. etc. try that now.. The average kids are left in the dust.
Sid August 08, 2011 at 12:15 PM
the democrats plan would have raised taxes over 8 years 36% .. nobody reads budget plans anymore :(
Sid August 08, 2011 at 12:15 PM
thats when i move from nassau county.
An tUasal Airgead August 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Bigger Than One Building Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00 It is always 1961 in Nassau County. We only hear 1961 solutions from our decision makers. The new shopping mall going up in the imaginary “Hub Area” announced its first major anchor, and it’s a store that will be relocating from the somewhat older mall 2,000 feet up the road. This will be hailed as “job creation” by officials in Mineola and Albany. A mile away, Nassau Coliseum and what little is left of Mitchel Field cry out for 21st century solutions. Last week’s failed bond vote gives us another opportunity to figure them out. http://www.antonnews.com/columns/miller/17083-bigger-than-one-building.html --- Selling tickets to Long Island events no easy task Tue, Aug 9th 2011 One of the great lures of Nassau County on Long Island is its proximity to Manhattan. But the looming presence of The Big Apple could be the biggest and most insurmountable hurdle the New York Islanders encounter in their attempts to build a new arena that will keep the National Hockey League team in the area that inspired its nickname. http://www.ticketnews.com/news/Selling-tickets-to-Long-Island-events-no-easy-task081109573

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