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Cuomo, as before: New-arena choice all Nassau's

July 23, 2011-UNIONDALE, NY-AERIAL PHOTO-Thousands attend the Vans

July 23, 2011-UNIONDALE, NY-AERIAL PHOTO-Thousands attend the Vans Warped Tour Festival in the Nassau Coliseum parking lot on a sweltering Saturday July 23, 2011. (photo by Kevin P. Coughlin/FlyingDogPhotos.com) (Credit: Photo by Kevin P Coughlin)

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has already made clear that he won’t urge a “yes” or “no” vote on Monday’s $400 million borrowing referendum for the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. He held to that on Wednesday in an appearance at SUNY Old Westbury to launch his Long island Regional Economic Development Council.

Of Nassau residents, he said, “they should make the best decision in their judgement. Part of my apporach is, I’m not going to tell individual regions what their future should be. I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s for each region to make its own determination.”

“For the Coliseum, I understand the concept, I understand the potential upside, but I want Long Island to make that decision.”

So one reporter tried a different approach by asking the Democratic governor who he loved more — Jay Jacobs, his state party chairman, or cordial acquaintance GOP County Executive Edward Mangano, two men who are on opposite sides of the debate.

“I have no opinion,” he said — with a spokesman later underscoring that he was referring to the bond referendum. Guess that ploy didn’t work.

There was at least one interesting seating arrangement -- Desmond Ryan of the Association for a Better Long Island, alongside Mangano. Those two are also publicly clashing over the arena proposal.

Tags: Andrew Cuomo , Jay Jacobs , Edward Mangano , Nassau , Coliseum

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