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by Alanah McGinley on 08/02/11 at 12:33 AM ET
From Chris Botta of Islanders Point Blank:
11:10 pm: With 45% of precincts in, NO leads by 58% to 42%.
10:35 pm: With 25% of precincts reporting, NO leads by 60% to 40%.
9:05 pm: The polls for the Islanders arena referendum have closed. It appears neither side will ask a judge to get involved with extending voting hours despite major delays for thousands of commuters on the Long Island Railroad.
The NYI current lease at Nassau Coliseum ends in 2015. Assuming the final tally will go with the ‘NOs’ what do you think happens now?
Update 11:48pm ET: Katie Strang at Newsday (quotes from her Twitter)—
-Mangano: Tonight not an ending, it’s a new beginning
-Mangano: I still believe in Sports Entertainment Destination….I’m so confident that we will find a way. A solution we shall find
-Wang said he will not address any specific plans/options at this point #Isles Wants to focus on upcoming season
-Isles owner Charles Wang at the podium: I have to tell you I’m disappointed and to put it bluntly, I’m heartbroken.
Update 11:53pm ET: More from Chris Botta here.
Update 12:04am ET (Aug 2): From NHL.com—
Nassau County residents voted down a $400 million referendum in Monday’s special election that could have led to the construction of a new home for the New York Islanders, according to The Associated Press.
With 62 percent of the vote reported, opponents of the referendum carried 58 percent of the vote.
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