State Senator Jack Martins was back in Elmont recently to support a cancer research fundraising effort at Averill Park in the form of a Street Hockey Marathon. The 3rd annual hockey marathon is entitled “Playing for a Cure.”
Representatives from the Shinnecock Indian Nation recently gave Nassau County residents a sneak peek into a conceptual development plan for a casino at Belmont Racetrack during an Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development meeting held at the Elmont Library.
The tentative proposal calls to build a 500- to 600-unit hotel, a gaming facility and entertainment complex, which includes restaurants, a renovated Long Island Rail Road Station and a soccer field.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
Students from across Long Island converged July 16 at the Dutch Broadway Elementary School in Elmont for the eighth annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which is one of the biggest events to come to the greater Elmont community each year. Over the course of the day, approximately 4,000 players, parents, elected officials and volunteers participated in the festivities.
The tournament was played in memory of David Dangerfield, a fallen New York City firefighter who was widely respected in the Elmont community for his work in youth sports and education. Hundreds of dedicated volunteers and committee members, including sponsor Senator Jack Martins and County Legislator John Ciotti, helped make the event a huge success.
While it’s no secret that the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s practices have been the subject controversy among members of the local animal rescue community, it appears a new episode in the saga has officially begun. At the Hempstead Town Board meeting on Tuesday, July 12, Supervisor Kate Murray announced the hiring of Cynthia Iacopella as the new assistant director for the Shelter.
After an extensive nationwide search conducted by the town, Murray told audience members that Iacopella was chosen from well over 80 candidates who applied for the position. The Town’s Search Committee was comprised of Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby and town administrators, and was aided by Last Hope Animal Rescue and the Shelter Services Committee for the Humane Society of United States.
All the talk of a new arena for the New York Islanders has been the crux of the discussions of revamping Nassau County’s Hub in Uniondale. However, the other piece of the puzzle just started to come together on Monday, June 11.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano announced on July 11 that the county selected an RFP (request-for-proposal) from Long Island Ducks owner Frank Boulton of the independent Atlantic League to bring a Minor League Baseball team to Nassau County. This agreement with the Central Islip-based team is contingent upon a $400 million bond referendum passing before voters Aug. 1.
In the first of a series of information sessions planned to cover most of Nassau County, county officials held a public forum at the East Meadow Library on Wednesday, June 29 for residents in the Town of Hempstead regarding what is called the “Hub” area.
On hand to discuss the economic development and jobs creation plan for the Coliseum and the surrounding area were Chief Deputy County Executive Robert Walker, County Spokesperson Brian Nevin, and County Director of Governmental Research Eden Laikin.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo visited Lynbrook last week to sign the 2 percent property tax cap into law. The tax cap was a major platform Governor Cuomo touted during his campaign to deliver property tax relief to homeowners and business owners across the state.
After signing what he called an “historic” tax cap bill at a residence in Lynbrook on Thursday, June 30, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo spoke to the press with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-9th district) just outside the Gannon home. One of the main questions on reporters’ minds was how Cuomo feels about the talk of his running for president in the 2016 election. Cuomo said he attributes the chatter to how productive the legislative session was this year and is not focusing his sights on the presidency just yet.
First it was the Lighthouse Project, then a casino and now a new redevelopment plan that could garner a minor league ballpark and new arena for the New York Islanders. Interested parties will be crossing their fingers until Aug. 1 when Nassau County residents will vote a $400 million bond referendum to redevelop the 77-acre site of the Nassau Coliseum.
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