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Charles Wang comments

by Staff Writer / New York Islanders

Before I briefly speak on today’s disappointing referendum vote for creating a destination location, growing the job market, creating new revenue streams and being a catalyst for positive change for Nassau County, I first need to thank all of my employees and interns who worked tirelessly on the phones, interacting with commuters at the train stations, and walking the business streets of our communities. 

Ed mentioned many different groups that put forth a tremendous effort and, without repeating every name or group, I would just like to thank you too. 

I would like to offer a special thank you to Jim Castellane and John Durso and their members for their amazing efforts pounding the pavement and making phone calls to promote this project so their significant labor employment issues could be addressed. 

Finally I would like to thank my friend, County Executive Ed Mangano, and his staff for getting out the facts so the residents of Nassau could make an informed decision. 

I’m heartbroken that this was not passed.  We’re disappointed that the referendum pertaining to the arena was not voted by the people of Nassau County as being a move in the right direction for growth.  I feel that the sound bites ruled the day and not the facts.  Right now, it’s an emotional time and we’re not going to make any comments on any specific next steps. 

We’re committed to the Nassau Coliseum until the year 2015 and like we’ve said all along, we will honor our lease. 

We now have a season to concentrate on with a team that is bursting with a young core of talent sprinkled with the right mix of veterans. This combination will bode well for the last 4 years of our lease.  We will continue to bring the best possible concerts, family shows and exhibitions so Long Islanders can enjoy the events and keep their hard earned dollars in Nassau County.

Training camp opens next month so hockey is right around the corner.  I can’t wait till the puck drops at our home opener, October 8th at 8pm.  Come out and watch us play. Let’s go Islanders.  Thank you.
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