UNIONDALE - A civic group that has been opposing the redevelopment of Nassau Coliseum is stepping up efforts to derail the $400 million project. With just four days before the crucial vote on the plan, the Association for Better Long Island is calling on the state watchdog agency NIFA to stop the redevelopment. For its part, the NIFA board has said that building a new Coliseum would cause property taxes to go up in Nassau County by about 3.5-4 percent, but NIFA says it won't take an official position until after the Aug. 1 vote. Local labor leaders argue the project will create thousands of jobs, while charities that are routinely helped by the Islanders wonder what will happen if the team is forced to leave Nassau. Both sides are urging Nassau residents to come out and vote on the project next Monday.

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