State appeals justice puts temporary hold on court’s decision to void Nassau Coliseum lease transfer

The ruling means that the 99-year lease agreement will remain in place until a decision is made on an appeal that Nassau County filed earlier Friday.

News 12 Staff

Nov 11, 2023, 12:13 AM

Updated 153 days ago

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A state appeals justice Friday put a temporary hold on a lower court’s decision to void the Nassau Coliseum lease transfer to Las Vegas Sands.
The ruling means that the 99-year lease agreement will remain in place until a decision is made on an appeal that Nassau County filed earlier Friday.
A hearing is set for Nov. 21.
In a statement, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman released the following statement:
“For far too long, the Coliseum site known as The Hub has been languishing in a twilight zone of inaction. We are grateful that the Appellate Division granted a stay of the lower court’s decision, and we’re confident the lower court’s ruling will be overturned. I will continue to stand for the proposal by the Sands to develop a world class luxury hotel, spa, entertainment center, and casino which will bring $5 billion in construction, good paying permanent jobs and tax relief for our residents.”
The original ruling Thursday came after Hofstra University sued Nassau County in April, claiming that the county’s Planning Commission violated New York’s “Open Meetings Law” because it had not properly notified the public about a meeting to consider the lease.
The company’s goal is to build a resort and casino on the Nassau Coliseum site. Pearl Jacobs, of the Uniondale Nostrand Gardens Civic Association, says the project is not good for the community.
“This is no place, this is not the right venue, this is not the right county for a casino project of this magnitude,” Jacobs says. “It would be the equivalent of seven football fields – it would be right in the middle of 60,000 students from graduate school all the way down to kindergarten.”
Las Vegas Sands said it will proceed with the project.


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