NY Islanders News

BlackJack and the Islanders…

By Gary Harding

Makes for an interesting connection.

With the Town of Hempstead making their super-scaled down version of Charles Wang’s dream, Nassau County Supervisor Ed Mangano came out of left field, and brought up the possibility of having the Shinnecock (sp) Native American’s have a potential Casino/Entertainment complex with the Nassau Coliseum.  Bottom line, is that with this Native American situation – the plans would be clear of TOH involvement and zoning.

This potential idea is not only supported by Mangano, but by the Nassau and NYS Republican party.  The same people that I attacked a few months prior for having Kate Murray (TOH Supervisor) knock down the Lighthouse, and stall this process to no end.  I did not like Mondello for that – but my thoughts of him can change for the better.

My thoughts about this are simple.  The Islanders ARE LONG ISLAND.  The Islander must STAY ON LONG ISLAND.  Whatever way gets it done, so that the arena gets either re-fitted or replaced, and the attraction of potential free-agents to Long Island becomes a much better proposition than it was in years and in the recent past, then let’s get the freaking thing done!  Stop the politics, and allow Long Island to grow.  Get out of the 1970’s and let this process move on!

“Can I double down?”