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Hub advisory panel puts off first meeting
The commitee created by Nassau Executive Ed Mangano to advise the county on development of the Hub, including land surrounding Nassau Coliseum, has canceled its first scheduled meeting.
The meeting was scheduled for June 23.
In an email to the committee members, committee chairman Frank Zarb said that the county and New York Islanders owner Charles Wang are continuing to negotiate a lease for the property.
“Information regarding those terms [of the lease], and the extent to which any land remains available for other economic development, are unknown at this time,” the email said.
The meeting will be rescheduled, Zarb said, “when the facts are known.”
Mangano had formed the Hub advisory committee when he first announced plans to hold a referendum on August 1 to allow for the bonding of up to $400 million for a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark. The committee’s mission, Mangano said at the time, was to generate development concepts for the Hub area as a whole, including the land around the Coliseum.
Mangano has said he expects to release details of an agreement with Wang by “mid-June.”
Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said he had no comment on the meeting’s postponement. Islanders senior vice president Michael Picker was unavailable for comment.
One committee member, who asked not to be named, said he was “surprised and disappointed” that the first meeting was canceled.
But developer Vincent Polimeni, another member of the committee, said the postponement did not surprise him.
“It made a lot of sense, frankly,” Polimeni said. “We’ll see what exactly Mangano is doing before we have a meeting.”
Polimeni noted that questions remain over whether Wang will gain control over or the right to develop the land surrounding the Coliseum.
“No one knows how much of the land is Wang getting and is he paying anything for it or not,” Polimeni said.