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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.
From Mark Herrmann at On the Islanders Beat,
The next Yao? You never know, Charles Wang said today during the English language portion of his international news conference for Project Hope. One of those kids from China wearing a jersey with an Islanders logo could grow up to be the Yao Mingh of hockey.
That isn’t the intent of the initiative, organized by Wang four years ago to promote hockey in China. The real reason is just to do something for the part of the world in which he was born and to generally spread good will. But if one of the thousands of kids who are playing hockey now in Islanders-sponsored rinks makes it big, so be it. Wang would be gratified if some day one of the children from China who played on Coliseum ice this morning becomes president of China and says he recalls his first trip to the U.S. with warm feelings.
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday,
Far be it from me to tell anyone how to spend their $2 billion. So don’t look here for a quick yea or nay on the sweeping plan to completely redo Nassau Coliseum and develop the 77 acres around it.
What we can help with is to see the question behind the question, which is a biggie: Is Long Island the right place for a major-league sports team?
That is the $2-billion stumper we have to answer because a project such as the village proposed by Islanders owner Charles Wang and Scott Rechler is the cost of doing business in the big leagues these days.