Hempstead Town Supervisor Anthony Santino says he is ready to "roll out the red carpet" and bring the New York Islanders back to Uniondale.

As News 12 has reported, the hockey team and its current home, the Barclays Center, appear headed for a split. Bloomberg reported that financial projections by the venue's ownership showed that the arena could be making more money with concerts or other events, rather than keep the Islanders as a tenant.

Santino says the town is willing to do whatever it takes to make the Coliseum suitable for the Islanders again.

"We'll roll out the red carpet when it comes to zoning, permitting," he told News 12 Long Island.

While the town insists it will do nothing to get in the way of the team's potential return to the Coliseum, others say it may be a complicated procedure.

"There's a catch here. Just having an arena that may not have enough seats and a parking lot won't be enough to keep a team here," says political analyst Jerry Kremer.

He says the town may find itself in a bind if the Islanders' new owners determine that the only way to make the return financially worthwhile is to develop land around the Coliseum.

For years, Hempstead town officials pushed back against the failed Lighthouse Project, which would have provided the Islanders with a new home in Uniondale along with new housing and retail options. Santino was Hempstead's senior town councilman at the time.

"It should have never been linked to a mega proposal," says Santino. "That was the heart of the matter. But that was then, this is now. We have this chance to make it right. Let's make it right and bring the Islanders home."

Santino says he has written a letter to the Islanders' owners and hopes to meet with them in the coming weeks. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano has long voiced his support for an Islanders return as well.

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