Questions arise over vote for new Coliseum

A critical vote on the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum is just two weeks away, but some residents say they haven't received any information about

UNIONDALE - A critical vote on the redevelopment of the Nassau Coliseum is just two weeks away, but some residents say they haven't received any information about it.

According to some voters, they have yet to receive information about where polling locations will be held so they can weigh in on whether the county should borrow the $400 million needed for the project.

Other residents say they have received mailings, but that they were only used by the county to push a "yes" vote without providing details as to the time and place. When asked why the Board of Elections hasn't properly notified voters, County Executive Ed Mangano (R-Nassau) said it's his understanding that normal polling places will be used, with few exceptions.

According to the Board of Elections, it doesn't have enough money in its budget to notify all of the county's 930,000 registered voters about the referendum, and that only those whose normal polling locations have been closed for the summer will receive notices.

NIFA: Nassau's revised 2011 budget still not balancedStudy: Taxpayers shouldn't invest in new ColiseumLong Island Association supports new arena planSources: Tentative deal reached for Coliseum redevelopment

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