Newsday: Islanders, Nassau Coliseum management owe county millions
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UNIONDALE - A new report indicates that Nassau County is owed as much as $3.8 million by the New York Islanders and by SMG, the management company that runs the Nassau Coliseum.
A Newsday investigation shows that bills owed to the county for rent, utilities and other expenses have gone unpaid. The findings were detailed in letters from the county to the Islanders over the past few years, Newsday reports.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos disputes the amount that the county is owed; he says it's just over $2 million. He also says that the unpaid bills only came to his attention when the Islanders began dragging their feet and disputing the claims.
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As News 12 Long Island has reported, Islanders owner Charles Wang will be moving the hockey team to the newly completed Barclays Center in Brooklyn when the team's lease with Nassau expires in 2015. In the meantime, Maragos says he's going to do everything he can to recoup the unpaid funds.
The Islanders have not returned News 12's calls for comment.