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Letters: No faith in Coliseum overhaul

The Nassau Coliseum on Friday, July 31, 2015.

The Nassau Coliseum on Friday, July 31, 2015. Photo Credit: Danielle Finkelstein

Instead of giving tax breaks to Nassau Coliseum developer Bruce Ratner, how about offering them to the residents of Nassau County ["Coliseum tax break," News, July 29]?

If this multimillionaire wants to do business in our community, let him pay taxes like homeowners.

Since the Coliseum was built, I've seldom been there, and I'm sure that's true for many county residents.

Joe DiBenedetto, Massapequa

As you correctly point out in your editorial, Islanders co-owner Charles Wang offered to rebuild the entire area without public funds ["Checkered history, uncertain future," July 26]. Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and the town board turned him down.

Then Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano proposed that taxpayers pass a bond issue of $400 million, which voters rightfully turned down.

Now Bruce Ratner, after supposedly going through a vigorous vetting process, is awarded the contract. He says he can't build unless he gets several tax breaks from the industrial development agency. What nonsense! Ratner should be shown the door.

Perhaps we could all beg Wang to please come back and build his Lighthouse vision, which would have included housing. The current plan has none.

This project would have been completed years ago if only the Town of Hempstead had acted in the best interest of the public, and we would still have the Islanders as an attraction for Long Island.

Sheldon Wald, Oceanside


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