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Nassau Coliseum gets new lobbyists

Concertgoers file into Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on

Concertgoers file into Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on April 5, 2017. Photo Credit: Johnny Milano

Former Sen. Alfonse D’Amato’s firm, Park Strategies, has lobbied Nassau officials on Coliseum issues on behalf of Bruce Ratner’s Nassau Events Center since 2013, but Ratner’s Russian investor now has brought in his own lobbyists.

Redland Strategies filed two new lobbyist registrations with the clerk of the Nassau legislature in the past two months disclosing that it would be representing Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov’s ONEXIM Sports and Entertainment on matters relating to Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Two years ago, Prokhorov purchased an 85 percent stake in NEC, the entity created by Brooklyn developer Ratner to run the arena.

Redland’s president is former Republican State Sen. Michael Balboni, who registered his affiliation with ONEXIM in August. This month, political strategist Resi Cooper, who directed New York operations for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign last year, registered as another lobbyist with Redland working for ONEXIM on Coliseum issues.

Cooper also had registered in the past as a lobbyist for other companies.

Cooper, Balboni and Robert McBride of Park Strategies were present at the Coliseum in July when Nassau and Suffolk legislators held a news conference calling for a return of the Islanders NHL team. Lobbyists have 90 days after being hired to register with the county.

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