Proponents and opponents of Coliseum plan

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BATTLE LINES:

PROPONENTS

New York 

Islanders

A new arena is needed to prevent the team from leaving Long Island.

 

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Labor groups

With unemployment in the construction industry about 30 percent, unions view the development as a critical job generator.

 

Long Island Association

The region's largest business group says the plan will create jobs and spur economic development throughout the county.

OPPONENTS

 

Association for a Better Long Island:

Real estate group says the plan is a land grab that will "fleece" taxpayers and increase property taxes.

 

Nassau County 

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Democrats

Twofold argument that the plan will raise taxes, while the Aug. 1 referendum on $400 million in borrowing is timed to ensure low voter turnout.

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