Good afternoon. Today’s points:
- Behind Islanders-Barclays uneasiness
- CD1 race ad targets gun control
- Briefly speaking
Islanders skating around
When the New York Islanders announced their move to Barclays Center in 2012, then-owner Charles Wang described the 25-year deal as “ironclad.”
It’s become clear that the agreement had less certainty. Even as the Islanders gear up to start the team’s second year in Brooklyn, many fans and others are looking to the end of the season, when officials from the team and the Barclays Center will be able to renegotiate terms of the deal — a contract that’s only a year old. After an attempt to renegotiate, either side could abandon the deal.
If the team goes on the move again — and assuming it stayed local — where would it go?
A first possibility might be Belmont Park. Four years have passed since the state announced a request for proposals for developing most of its land across the road from the racetrack — but it hasn’t picked a winner yet. Allowing the Islanders to build an arena there might require state officials to undo the RFP and start over.
Then there’s Willets Point, where the Islanders might want to build on the current Citi Field parking lot. But that land is mired in a court battle over whether the lot is really park land, a battle that won’t be resolved until late this year, at the earliest.
Finally, there’s the Nassau Coliseum, which is undergoing renovations that wouldn’t be amenable to an NHL team.
Or the Islanders could stay where they are — all of this talk of opt-outs and moves could just be a negotiating tactic.
Only one thing is certain for Islanders fans: lots of uncertainty.
Randi F. Marshall
Campaigns are gunning
Democrat Anna Throne-Holst accepted the endorsement of New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Tuesday morning in Medford — even as Roll Call was releasing a list of 10 House members being targeted as most vulnerable. Lee Zeldin, the Republican incumbent in the 1st Congressional District, made the list.
The Throne-Holst campaign is pressing gun control as one of Zeldin’s key weaknesses in this tossup district. On Friday, the Democrats released their second campaign ad, claiming that Zeldin opposes several measures backed by a majority of Americans, such as requiring background checks for sales of weapons on the internet and at gun shows.
Zeldin likely anticipated this line of attack. Just before Congress’ summer recess, he pushed hard, with the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan, to put his gun-control bill up for a vote. It would have required a law enforcement officer to get a court order to block a suspected terrorist from purchasing firearms. It had NRA support and skewed to the right of a more centrist measure from fellow delegation member Pete King, but the hard-liners in the House wouldn’t go for it, and it never came to a vote.
But even if Zeldin’s measure had passed, the bill still would have left lots of room for Throne-Holst to criticize on this issue.
To put it briefly ...
— Mike Pence said Hillary Clinton is the “most dishonest” presidential candidate since Richard Nixon. Trump ally Roger Stone said Trump’s trip to Mexico was “Nixonian,” comparing it with Nixon’s historic trip to China. Trump’s people need to decide: Is Nixon a metaphor for good or evil?
— Conservative lawmakers are trying to stop a lame-duck congressional session after the election, saying legislators who lose or retire shouldn’t make major decisions. Funny, they were all fully functional ducks earlier this year when conservative lawmakers said the Senate should not hold confirmation hearings on Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland.
— Donald Trump told parishioners at a black church in Detroit that “those who seek office do not do enough to step into the community and learn what’s going on. They don’t know. They have no clue.” Yes, Trump said that.
— Israel is recruiting Arab Muslims for its police force. No, there is no extreme vetting or ideological test. Yes, this is Israel.
— Donald Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway says Trump does not need to win Pennsylvania to win the presidency. That statement had nothing to do with the latest polling showing him down 8 points there.
— Hillary Clinton finally allowed the news media on her campaign plane, and on their first flight together she told them she was “so happy” to have them aboard, saying, “I have just been waiting for this moment.” Sincerity always was her strong suit.