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Coliseum Referendum Defeated by Nassau Residents

Ed Mangano and Charles Wang "disappointed" with outcome.

Nassau County residents voiced their displeasure at the polls Monday, as the referendum that would allow for a new arena to be built for the New York Islanders in Uniondale was voted down.

The final numbers were not official when Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Islanders owner Charles Wang took the stage, but at 11:40 p.m. the duo threw in the proverbial towel with just 70 percent of the votes tallied.

"I have to tell you, I'm disappointed," Wang said. "To put it very bluntly, I'm heartbroken."

"I can tell you this, tonight is not the end of our journey, but merely the beginning," Mangano added. "In the coming weeks I will explore a path for new opportunities and growth in Nassau County."

According to the Nassau County Board of Elections, as of 1:30 a.m., with 99.83 percent of the votes counted, the margin was 88,389 against and 66,829 for – or 56.95 percent to 43.05 percent.

It is uncertain at this time whether Islanders owner Charles Wang will attempt to continue with the project and fund it himself.

Wang said it was "a very emotional time" for him and his staff, and would not discuss anything further about any possible next step for the property. He went on to say that the team is committed to Nassau County until 2015, when the current lease on the Coliseum expires.

"In the coming weeks, we will seek additional options for this property," Mangano added.

Also on the referendum was the construction of a minor league baseball stadium that would be built across the street from the current Coliseum at Mitchel Field. Back in July, County Executive Ed Mangano said that the ballpark would be looked at as a potential self-supporting, individual location.

This is a breaking news story. Stay with Patch for more updates as soon as they're made available.

Mac September 07, 2011 at 03:44 PM
Bill I would like to see a deep fryer booth maybe we can get some deep fried twinkies and oreos! With all the hard liquor sold at the coliseum I am surprised they do not have jello shots. Honestly, I see nothing wrong with a tatoo shop.
Niteislander September 07, 2011 at 04:43 PM
I feel like I am dumber after reading this comment. This may be the most idiotic stream of consciousness troll comment ever written. I am guessing you are a Ranger fan. that is just a guess.. .
Bill Alderman September 07, 2011 at 06:00 PM
sorry Niteislander, I have a season ticket that i share with my son and have for over 10 years. But stoopid is as stoopid does. Temporary tattoos like facepainting is okay per se , but it can cause rashes and allergic reactions needing an epipen. Permanant tattoos involve needles and blood, they carry several risks. These include transmission of diseases like hepatitis, tuberculosis and possibly HIV. Tattoo Lou's does have official complaints against their artists too. So this is not non-sense. Non-sense is you showing up at last years islander game on Halloween , in costume...dressed as an empty seat. Good Sense is the ideas that I proposed... some of which work real well in stadiums and arenas all over the world.. Deep fried Twinkie anyone!
Mac September 07, 2011 at 06:04 PM
I too am a season ticket holder. I see no issue with the tatoo station. I would hope it wouldnt be out in the concourse but have its own space. I think your deep fry station is genius though! Deep fried twinkes and oreos are amazing! Bring on the carny food!
Bill Alderman September 07, 2011 at 07:18 PM
That is it! I'm gonna contact the Wangster right now! Ladies and Goaliemen announcing" Mac N Bill's Carny Concoctions..." Deep fried Mac n cheese (and Bill 'em now) Deep fried Twinkies, Deep fried Snickers, Deep fried Cheese cake Deep fried oreos, Deep fried icecream, Deep fried hockey pucks Deep fried butter and ... Wash it down with Sweet Tea,or Texas Tea and some Jello shots On the concourse by section 11

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