State could announce Belmont Park decision amid campaign

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It’s been 18 months since the Cuomo administration solicited private-sector bids for developing Belmont Park as a soccer stadium or some other project, seven months since it said a decision was within weeks and three weeks since it promised an outcome “soon.”

  Along with Cosmos’ idea for a 25,000-seat stadium, three other bidders have proposed a combination of retail and recreation projects.

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  Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, both Republicans, favor the stadium. Assemb. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) and her brother, county Legis. Carrié Solages, oppose it.

  That the decision has dragged on into 2014 — a statewide election year — opens the possibility of some type of campaign-type event could be part of the eventual announcement. Records show the Cosmos spent $105,000 on lobbying Albany in 2013.

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