UNIONDALE - County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) came out today in defense of his plan to build a new Nassau Coliseum and redevelop the surrounding area, which has come under criticism for not including enough details. Critics say Mangano is asking taxpayers to approve a bond referendum to borrow $400 million for the redevelopment project before the county Legislature, the comptroller or NIFA, the state watchdog group that controls Nassau's finances, has a chance to review the plan. NIFA Director George Marlin says saddling Nassau taxpayers with another $400 million in debt is "absurd.""I think energy should be put on getting Nassau County's fiscal house back in order before putting together potential pipe dreams for plans," he says.Mangano, however, disagrees, saying that NIFA should first review the plan before judging it. If residents vote to move forward with the plan on Aug. 1, Mangano says NIFA shouldn't stand in their way. The Aug. 1 vote must be preceded by a countywide referendum.

For an interview with County Executive Mangano on the Nassau Coliseum project, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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