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Mangano Seeking Private Proposals for Coliseum Site

County executive says all privately-funded proposals will be considered after public vote fails.

One day after the referendum to build a new Nassau Coliseum was voted down by residents, County Executive Ed Mangano has announced that he is now looking for privately financed proposals to redevelop the 77-acre site surrounding the current Coliseum.

Voicing no regrets about the vote, which called for taxpayers to fund the $400 million sports-entertainment complex, he assured that any risk of public finance was permanently put on ice with Monday's outcome. Now the county executive is soliciting private proposals that may save the New York Islanders and Nassau residents' dollars.

"No offer will be discouraged. ... This is simply a call to bring them forward now, in whatever form that they are in," Mangano said. "Bring them forward now so that we can consider them in the [Request-for-Proposal] process."

Mangano asked that proposals be submitted by Aug. 12 for what he called a "drafting process," so that the entire process would not come to a standstill.

"The clock has been ticking. 2015 is around the corner and if you're going to redevelop that property, rather than have a lag in development, we need decisions now," he said.

Mangano said he has made Islanders owner Charles Wang aware of the new plan, but no further steps have been taken by Wang at this time.

Democrats have questioned Mangano's plan from the beginning and after the results were in, the opposition ripped into the vote, calling it "a failed stunt."

"I urge Mr. Mangano to do what he should have done in the first place … and that is to give us a privately-funded development plan with clear details as to how it protects taxpayers while stimulating economic growth," Minority Leader Diane Yatauro, D-Glen Cove, said.

A vocal opponent from the start, Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs called for bipartisanship during the next phase.

“A privately funded new Coliseum should be the first phase of an overall smart growth development plan for the full 77-acre site,” Jacobs said. “I will urge the Democratic caucus in the legislature to work with their Republican colleagues and County Executive Mangano to work this out for the people of Nassau.”

Bill Alderman August 03, 2011 at 02:47 PM
Idea #8 -try to host the NHL allstar game and add 5 new hockey events to the calendar like Stonybrook vs the Sound Tigers, NCPD VS NCFD , etc. plus other new events like NALL , Snowcross, UFC/MMA, Winter Indoor Nassau County Fair, NY Motorcycle Show, and so on. And this is just a tip of the iceberg. The average successful arena hosts 100-150 events in a 365 day year....we should plan a Super sports arena with 200-220 events a year .
Janine August 03, 2011 at 03:02 PM
Hey Bill, I like all of your 8 ideas!!! I think you should get a job on the committee and tell them a thing or two. On the news last night, Magnano said to come forward with ideas. Go meet with him!!! OR yes, Frank we could sell the land. Just get rid of the whole mess and wash our hands of it all.
LBLover August 03, 2011 at 03:21 PM
LOL to bad your not in office.. Why can't we elect people who think outside the box?
dooleyman August 03, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Bill Good thoughts if you meet with Mangano just make sure your wallet is still in your pocket when you leave. did one of his dolts say we can pay for the election with the money saved by letting go 128 employees. What about the amateur Camoin group and his other consultants ? He should pay or better yet resign. He is dishonest and a liar.
Mac August 03, 2011 at 03:28 PM
You are right with everything you said. We are being taxed to death. I just dont see a private investor taking a risk when he couldnt own the land or the building then pay rent. Sell it to Wang let him develop and the county would make money from the sale, revenue and taxes. The republican and democratoc party officials should have this 2.2 milion taken outof their salaries. they are BOTH to blame for where we are now. Bill great ideas. I have to say your ideas are much more sound than when you seem to be lecturing me :)
Bill Alderman August 03, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Thank you for the support Janine,LB and the rest Ken Ahalt you might want to google Auburn Hills and the Pontiac Silverdome , before you make that move to Michigan...buddy
Bill Alderman August 03, 2011 at 03:42 PM
As i have said earlier .....Because of my extensive work in arenas and stadiums and sports venues all across the USA and Canada , I personally handed 17 independant ideas( 8 of which you breifly saw) about this exact subject to Eden Laikin , County Exec. Ed Mangano's Head of Public Relations at their offices in Mineola a few weeks ago AND verbally explained them to Chief Deputy County Executive Robert Walker in the auditorium of EM HS 3 days prior to that. I have challanged publically to meet with Mr Wang, Mr Mangano, Ms Murray , Mr Jacobs and anyone else who wanted to REALLY work this out and exchange ideas to the benefits of ALL of Nassau County. But so far all I hear are crickets and cicadas! And other cynical people telling me to guard my wallet and count my fingers after they shake my hands. The truth is we can whine about this or we can band together and try to solve this...And you'all know what I want!
dooleyman August 03, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Mr. Mangano Ms. Murray Ms. Laikin And Mr. Walker do not have the ability to comprehend any type of financial plan. I do not know about Mr. Jacobs.
Janine August 03, 2011 at 04:07 PM
Bill, bring it to the media and then see if they meet with you. God forbid they listen to someone who MIGHT really know what to do,, that would be admitting that they REALLY don't and may have screwed up. It's like school districts, you have support personell who actually know what's going on and give ideas in and the top officials don't listen to them because they aren't teachers or perhaps haven't gone to college. A person doesn't need college to make sense and have good ideas. These people seem to let their BIG heads get in the way and they cannot think outside the box. I can also relate this to finding the cure for cancer. Word is they know the cure, just don't want to let it be known because it would put too many people out of work. It such a shame that all this crap continues to go on at the sake of people's lives!!! Wake up elected officials who shouldn't be elected in the first place. Stop letting your power get the best of you!! Do something constructive for a change! Thanks for your input and ideas Bill. Get out there and get noticed!!!
Bill Alderman August 03, 2011 at 05:10 PM
I am not a media hound, I just want to hopefully get these ideas out there. Ideas that benefit all. I would also like to hear positive, constructive ones from other bloggers like some of these that I presented. Idea#9- allow the area behind the Coliseum along Perimeter Rd to be developed as a super eatery destination with New restaurants that are currently looking for LI locations like Joe’s Crab Shack, Dairy Queen, Chick-a-Fila and more so we get them in here Nassau county. Idea #10- Nassau County public and private colleges are expanding with Adelphi , CW Post and Hofstra attracting more students and building more dorms. Have the colleges provide more ( they do this to a small degree) shuttle busses to the area and offer the LI resident commuter students a discount to events other than hockey. (Similar to what Disney does in Florida, Calif and Tokyo) Idea# 11-Besides the WWE wrestling , who can now do more pyrotechnics in a new arena....seek out, court them and try to attract other growing performing activities like The Junior Olympics, the Special Olympics, LI Roller Rebels Roller Derby, Strongman Weight Lifting competitions,Long Island Pro Arm Wrestling competition, NCAA Championships in sports like Volleyball, Field Hockey and Gymnastics with a sliding scale rental rate based on a set criteria that they can afford and not charge them the same as the Globetrotters, Tony Hawk and Rihanna , to bring more events. And there is more.......
Bill Alderman August 03, 2011 at 05:11 PM
Idea #12 –Build a walking bridge over Earle Ovington Blvd paid for and maintained by advertisers like Optimum, TD Bank and others...With display advertising on it’s side to make it easier and safer to go to and from The Mitchel Ballfield, Coliseum, Museum Row, etc. instead of crossing that busy dangerous street. Idea #13 - Having the Islanders ( and Frank Boulton’s Mitchel ballfield ) Lease stipulate that they negotiate and sign long term agreements with the Unions that are currently employing those that serve them now and guarantee that 77%( or higher )of new employees that will be hired will be LI Residents, before ground breaking begins And there is more.......
Mac August 03, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Bill here is where you fail to see the big picture. YOU MAKE SENSE AND THE COUNTY MAY ACTUALLY MAKE MONEY BY USING SOME OF THESE IDEAS. When was the last time the county did anything sensibly? Or for that matter any government agency or school district? Please hurry up and get the Rosetta Stone and learn how to speak county stupid!
paul.d.spellman August 03, 2011 at 05:24 PM
Are we replacing the bleachers in a little league field? #1--How much do you expect the naming rights to go for? How much of the offset will that be? #2 How many taxi cans will that one company require? and when they run out of taxis what will the remaining people do? #3 What will that take in? 2K to 3k per month?
R. Callahan August 03, 2011 at 05:49 PM
How come the county didnt go the private route to begin with? This is a slap to the face of county residents.
Mac August 03, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Callahan it was htere remember the Lighthouse project voted YES 16-2 dems vs repub. Then came Kate "photo op" Murray in on her white horse and said how it would ruin Uniondale and the rest of TOH. This is called local politics. The county is finally considering leasing or selling the land. What geniuses we elect!
Bill Alderman August 03, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Mac-a-bee The problem is that I see the big picture,The Nassau County Mural and I have the right crayons too , I jut need access to the canvas and a masterpiece will come to be. Sorry to disagree AGAIN, but there are some sensible and intelligent people in Government here. Leg. Norma Gonsalves and Councilman Gary Hudes that I know personally Just to name 2. I speak many languages and in what I do, the language of win-win-win situations is better than that of universal bathroom icons. I have seen many of your witty retorts and would love instead to hear a rational ideaor two from you on this subject. (keeping in mind that "let's see what happens after the Nov election" is not particularilly helpful!)
Edhe August 03, 2011 at 06:01 PM
Mangano Seeking Private Proposals for Coliseum Site We can only that it isn't too private. Ed H
Janine August 03, 2011 at 06:15 PM
Bill, I believe that you are not a media hound, however, in order to get things done and moving it may take the media to get it in progress because the political idiots won't do anything that makes sense. Even if all of your ideas aren't workable,,, it sounds to me like quite a bit of them are. It would be them having to admit they couldn't think of a good idea and get it passed and then what? It would make everyone wonder why they elected them in the first place. Unfortunately, most of the citizens of our country are way to naive (to use a nice word) and believe what these people promise during their campaigns. The truth of the matter is they say anything to get elected and blame everyone else for their failure to do so afterwards. You might have to take extraordinary means to get an extraordinary job done,, otherwise you, too, are all talk and no action.
dooleyman August 03, 2011 at 06:42 PM
Both Gary Hudes and Norma Gonsalves are honorable people. That is a good start. I am not sure if they have the financial savvy for a complex deal. They seem to have integrity and will gain access to those who do. Mangano is totally out of his element, violates the public trust,and surrounds himself with people who have no frame of reference.
Mac August 03, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Bill I have known Gary Hudes for years and he is happens to be the exception no tthe rule. I have no doubt there are sensible people in government but the ones that arent sesnible are usually the majority. My area of expertise is not in the realm of arena building. I would like to see something that would attract people, events and keep our sports franchise while creating revenue. It should be more than just a facilty but an area of things to do that ARENT a movie theater or strip mall stores. Honestly, I want something that will keep the quality of life high that our residents can be proud of and WANT to be a part of. I am sorry my ideas arent that tangible I would only make guesses of what could be done.
dooleyman August 03, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Mangano " had "political aspirations now he is the lamest lame duck around if he cared about the county he would resign and go work for mr. wang
Mac August 03, 2011 at 06:47 PM
dooley we partially agree on Mangano he is totally out of his element and his own party put him up thinking he would lose. He does not have the experience or savy to be in this position. He is learning on the fly at the wrong time. I am not sure he is violationg the public trust but his inexperience really shows. I am not a Mangano supporter at all but he has been short time
Bill Alderman August 03, 2011 at 07:05 PM
Not all talk !!!! NO WAY!!! That is why I am starting here at the Patch and putting all my ideas in print. For ALL TO READ! AND looking for other suggestions that I may have missed. Then will move to send copies to the LI Press and Herald publications .Then onto Newsday editorials and columns as well as sending copies of this to Norma Gonsalves, Gary Hudes , Dave Denenberg and a few others. How's that for a plan with full crystal clear exposure! Probably the one reason I would not be a good magician or elected official.....I'm no good a smoke and mirrors. I just know how to successfully assist a Pro Sports team in the lockerroom & on the sidelines and work like the Powerade slogan- "Sport is What You Make It."
LIer4LIfe August 04, 2011 at 04:08 PM
Ken, the irony is you correctly mention many things that went wrong in Nassau but the one time we had a chance to help ourselve by building something which would have provided opportunity for growth and return we shot it down.
LIer4LIfe August 04, 2011 at 04:14 PM
I own the land that my home is built on and noone else other than my family lives there. So any improvments and taxes fall to me. I don't get your comparison with a tenant at an arena housing many events at an arena on land owned by the county.
Vincent August 04, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Mac, your well thought out words are representative of another politician. Only that politician is playing on a much much larger stage.
ken Ehalt August 04, 2011 at 07:52 PM
I have lived on Long Island since a Kid starting in 1960..I will allways love those early , and later years. Making a move is not easy thing to do but something I felt I will have to do when I retire. Mostly it is the taxes, because it when I bought my house in 1980 my taxes were very low even though I made much less.. They have been going up so fast that they will be taking up almost all of my SS in a few years. I will be left with my 401K savings. I do not want to live that way... My kids and their friends are even in a worse shape. 30 years ago you could easily get a decent job ,and by a house, raise a family have health insurance etc. etc. try that now.. The average kids are left in the dust.
Sid August 08, 2011 at 12:15 PM
the democrats plan would have raised taxes over 8 years 36% .. nobody reads budget plans anymore :(
Sid August 08, 2011 at 12:15 PM
thats when i move from nassau county.
An tUasal Airgead August 12, 2011 at 12:58 PM
Bigger Than One Building Friday, 12 August 2011 00:00 It is always 1961 in Nassau County. We only hear 1961 solutions from our decision makers. The new shopping mall going up in the imaginary “Hub Area” announced its first major anchor, and it’s a store that will be relocating from the somewhat older mall 2,000 feet up the road. This will be hailed as “job creation” by officials in Mineola and Albany. A mile away, Nassau Coliseum and what little is left of Mitchel Field cry out for 21st century solutions. Last week’s failed bond vote gives us another opportunity to figure them out. http://www.antonnews.com/columns/miller/17083-bigger-than-one-building.html --- Selling tickets to Long Island events no easy task Tue, Aug 9th 2011 One of the great lures of Nassau County on Long Island is its proximity to Manhattan. But the looming presence of The Big Apple could be the biggest and most insurmountable hurdle the New York Islanders encounter in their attempts to build a new arena that will keep the National Hockey League team in the area that inspired its nickname. http://www.ticketnews.com/news/Selling-tickets-to-Long-Island-events-no-easy-task081109573

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