UNIONDALE - After months of publicity, voters Monday rejected the $400 million plan to build a new Nassau Coliseum.As of 1 a.m., with 1,158 out of 1,160 precincts reporting, 88,389 voters rejected the plan and 66,829 votes backed the referendum.
Had the project been approved, taxpayers were told they would have paid an estimated $58 annually per household.Despite the defeat, County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) said that it was not the end, but the beginning of finding a path for the redevelopment of the Coliseum. Islanders owner Charles Wang said he was "disappointed" and "heartbroken" that Nassau County residents rejected a plan that would have provided growth for the area.
Wang has said he will likely move the team if a new facility is not built. The team has a lease with the Coliseum through 2015.The redevelopment plan also called for a minor league ballpark and track and field facility.
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