MINEOLA - In a special meeting this afternoon, the Nassau Legislature decided to let residents vote on the future of the Nassau Coliseum.
Taxpayers will now have a chance to weigh in on whether Nassau County should borrow up to $400 million to redevelop the arena.
Recently, Islanders owner Charles Wang and County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) proposed the plan, which would create a new sports arena, complete with a minor league baseball field, at the Uniondale location.
This morning, a rally was held by union workers, business leaders and Islanders fans to gain more support before the crucial vote. They say the arena will create thousands of jobs and bring revenue to businesses.
Islanders player Mike Mottau spoke to residents this morning during the rally and urged them to support the plan because it will prove to have long-term benefits.
Residents will head to the polls on Aug. 1.
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