HEMPSTEAD - ? Nassau residents attended two informational meetings today to learn more about the plans for a new Nassau Coliseum.

The public meetings focused on development plans and the economic benefits of revamping the arena site.

As News 12 Long Island has reported, County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) signed a bill into law that will allow county residents to vote on whether the county can spend $400 million to build a new coliseum and minor league ballpark. The Mangano administration says it would cost the average taxpayer no more than $48 a year.

Residents offered up suggestions at the meeting, including allowing Nassau residents to pay less for parking and raising the price for non-county visitors.

The county has seven more public hearings planned on the matter throughout the month of July.

A vote on the proposal is scheduled for Aug. 1.

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