In an effort to accommodate swimmers, Nassau County Executive Ed Manago on Thursday ordered an eight-month delay in the closure of the Nassau Aquatic Center, forestalling an overhaul that had been scheduled to begin next month.

While the center has experienced corrosion and ventilation problems, Mangano said the work delay would present no safety issues.

David Ring, a spokesman for the County Parks Department, said the closure's delay was unrelated to questions about how the $25 million renovation would be financed. Nassau has set aside $32 million for the work. The center will close for two weeks in August for "routine maintenance," Ring added.

Nassau continues to negotiate with Long Island Swimming, a nonprofit swim club, for a modular pool to be erected next April beside the Aquatic Center to serve those impacted by the closure.

Meanwhile, the county is moving forward with a narrowed list of defendants in a suit that seeks to recoup up to $36 million in reconstruction costs. The county originally sued 18 separate entities. A spokesperson for the State Dormitory Authority, the prime defendant, couldn't be reached yesterday.

"It's much more narrowly tailored to focus on the main issue, which is that state of New York promised county a world-class center and did not provide it," Lisa Locurto, Nassau's chief deputy county attorney, said of the amended suit, filed last July.

-- Mark Harrington

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