Capping off what was one of the busiest days promoting the August 1st vote, Islanders owner Charles Wang spoke to local business leaders at an Action Long Island meeting at Carlyle on the Green Tuesday night.
|Islanders owner Charles Wang addresses Action Long Island on July 26 at Carlyle on the Green at Bethpage State Park. Seated from left to right are Aciton Long Island Chairman Sheldon Sackstein and Islandes Senior Vice President Michael Picker. |
After the advocacy group’s Chairman, Sheldon Sackstein, opened the presentation with comments about the precarious state of Long Island, Wang took the podium and made some bold statements regarding how the arena project affects the region.
"Nassau County needs a swift kick in the butt," Wang said referring to the lackluster economy in the County.
In his statements, he shared his passion for Long Island and shed light on why he has been working towards building a HUB at the Nassau Coliseum site for nearly 10 years.
“I believe in making decisions that I think are right, whether they are popular or not,” Wang said. “I believe in investing in ourselves so we can create opportunities for the next generations. I believe in Long Island; it is my home.”
The audience of 150 Action Long Island members and other interested parties appeared supportive by the tone of their questions. However, Islanders Senior Vice President who was on hand for the question and answer period, addressed the topic of non-supporters who are mainly politically biased.
“What you get from the few naysayers is soundbytes, not concrete answers,” Picker said.
I believe in making decisions that I think are right, whether they are popular or not,” Wang said. “I believe in investing in ourselves so we can create opportunities for the next generations. I believe in Long Island; it is my home." - Chalres Wang
One of the most common questions Wang has been asked since the proposal was announced is what his plan B is if the referendum does not pass.
“There is no plan b because we are out of time,” Wang said, echoing what he told Mike Francesa earlier in the day on his talk show on WFAN. (Click here to hear the interview)
Wang and Picker were asked about what kind of support they see the project having in the future, to which Picker responded: “Three million people on LI will support the arena, support the acts, and support the Islanders.”