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As Islanders skate, Nassau could peddle some pedaling

If Brooklyn can lure away Nassau's pro hockey team, just maybe the suburban county could respond in kind by picking off a project under discussion for the city. Earlier this year, philanthropist Joshua Rechnitz vowed to donate $40 million for a facility at Brooklyn Bridge Park that would include a velodrome with a 200-meter cycling track, stadium seating and space for other indoor sports.

But some Brooklyn community groups question the location, expressing parking and open-space concerns, and the like. The plan has yet to go through city approval processes. Strictly for spitballing's sake: How crazy would it be for Nassau to make an unsolicited pitch for the Rechnitz project while the New York Islanders prepare for their Coliseum exit?

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Hollywood actor and director Danny Glover urging New York City to keep horse carriages. Actress Edie Falco making a TV ad to abolish horse carriages. Ex-Sony exec Mitch Singer, last week: “Why do so many believe that this is Sony’s war to fight?"

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