Perspectives differ among LIers on Coliseum vote

UNIONDALE - The big vote to decide the fate of a new Islanders arena in Nassau County pitted residents who say they can't afford any tax hikes against labor unions who are eager to grab jobs expected to be created by the project.

From Bethpage to Uniondale, residents hit the polls today to decide whether they want to spend $400 million to replace an aging Nassau Coliseum and also build a new minor league ballpark.

The cost is projected at $58 a year for the average household.

County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) insists revenue brought in from a new Coliseum will more than pay for the project.

"Let the people speak - whether they wish to invest in a sports and entertainment destination. Whether they wish to create jobs, instead of lose jobs," he says. Polling LocationsVoter Information

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