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New York Islanders: Floral Park Files Suit Against Belmont Park Project

ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
ELMONT, NY - JUNE 09: Justify #1, ridden by jockey Mike Smith crosses the finish line to win the 150th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9, 2018 in Elmont, New York. Justify becomes the thirteenth Triple Crown winner and the first since American Pharoah in 2015. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Floral Park has filed a suit against the state to stop the redevelopment of Belmont Park and the New York Islanders arena project.

Welcome to New York, where it’s damn near impossible to get anything built. The New York Islanders arena has been in the process of being built for the last few weeks on the Belmont location.

That might end quickly, as the Village of Floral Park is filing a suit against the state to stop the project. What Floral Park would like is for construction to stop and for the environmental review process to restart.

The original environmental review didn’t study the impact of the new Elmont LIRR station that is going to be added. In order to make it easier for fans from the west to get to, the Islanders plan was to add a LIRR station that operates full time.

Mayor Dominick Longobardi said that Floral Park has $50,000 in its municipal legal budget. This lawsuit is going to blow that budget out of the water. Not only is Longobardi attempting to delay or stop a project that will bring business to the Belmont area but he is going over budget to fight that fight, solid.

The entire legal process behind this project is a frustrating one. God bless, Jon Ledecky and Scott Malkin for going through this every day because just reading about all the drama that goes into trying to build something is stressful.

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