This morning we posted an article covering the possible departure of
the Islanders from Long Island in light of financial hardships and
roadblocks in getting plans for a new arena approved by the Town of
Hempstead. Now, there could be another wrench thrown into the works
after Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said that he is considering
a deal with Shinnecock Nation.
Per Celeste Hadrick, of
Newsday.com (subscription required):
“My administration has been in discussion with the Shinnecock Indian
Nation with respect to Nassau Coliseum being listed as a site for an
entertainment destination center and casino,” Mangano said in a
This is just another option the county is
lookingat, said Mangano, and that Charles Wang’s Lighthouse project is
still under consideration. Obviously this affects Wang’s plans, as it
seems the county is ready to move on to another possible development for
the area while the Lighthouse project is lost in red-tape hell.
Shinnecock Nation proposal would include plans for a new arena for the
Islanders, although I’d imagine Wang wouldn’t be too happy about taking
second fiddle in a separate proposal while he has his deadlocked.