(This editorial is posted on the Cablevision Editorials website.)
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On Monday August 1, Nassau voters will be asked to support construction of a new coliseum for the New York Islanders and a new minor league baseball park.
Thousands of jobs, new business and revenues will be generated by all the events a larger coliseum will attract. Not to mention 1,500 construction jobs.
To his credit, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has persisted in his politically risky campaign for a new coliseum. He makes a persuasive case. He warns that the Islanders will depart if the referendum fails. Their loss could also cost Nassau dearly in lost revenues.
So doing nothing is not an option.
Mangano is also right to stress the big picture. For years, he argues, county leaders have focused on building a new coliseum to stimulate development of the Hub, Nassau’s primary center for economic growth.
And if the referendum is approved, major issues still must be resolved. County legislators must approve a lease providing sufficient parking for coliseum events, without impeding private development of surrounding county land.
So we urge Nassau voters to say yes to rebuilding Nassau’s Hub as a dynamic center for sports, entertainment and economic development.
And to say yes to jobs.