It’s after 10:30 p.m. and the Islanders staff, County Executive, union leaders, and members of the television and print media are all gathered in the lower concourse of the aging Nassau Coliseum, anxiously waiting to hear the results of today’s Referendum vote.
If the majority of residents went to the polls today and voted “yes,” the referendum will move to the County legislature, who will hold a vote for a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue to be built in Nassau County before being turned over to NIFA for final approval.
Gathered at the Coliseum, Islanders owner Charles Wang set the mood early. At about 7:30 p.m., he addressed the Islanders staff, who gathered for a light dinner and refreshments after spending the entire day in the Nassau County community, and thanked them for all of their hard work over the last few months as the team has tried to spread the word and urge residents to Vote Yes for Nassau County’s future.
Tonight, all that work has come to a close. The final tally from today’s vote is being calculated and could come in at any moment. As everyone congregates and enjoys the end of the very much political campaign between Islanders/Republicans and Democrats, there is still that anticipation, the hope and the nervousness as Nassau’s future waits in the balance.
So if you’re glued to the television, Twitter, Facebook or any other sort of news outlet waiting to hear the outcome of today’s vote, you’re not the only ones feeling anxious. All of us in Islanders country are waiting in the balance.