Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and New York Islanders owner...

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and New York Islanders owner Charles Wang announce the defeat of the referendum to build a new Nassau Coliseum. Credit: Howard Schnapp

The vote is in.

Nassau County residents shot down the referendum to build a new Coliseum by an overwhelming margin, leaving the team's future uncertain. As of 12 p.m. with 71% of precincts counted, 57% were against the proposal, 43% in support.

"I have to tell you I'm disappointed," Wang said during a concession speech at the team's media reception. "And, to put it bluntly, I'm heartbroken."

Wang and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano emerged from team offices at approximately 11:40 p.m. to addres the waiting crowd gathered at Nassau Coliseum. Mangano said he's optimistic a new solution will be found, but Wang declined to address the organization's next move.

Both Wang and Mangano left promptly after their speeches and did not answer questions from the media.

Islanders general manager Garth Snow said the team must now focus on the upcoming season rather than dwell on the distressing results.

"At the end of the day, training camp is just around the corner," Snow said. "We need to prepare ourselves to get into the playoffs and give our fans something to cheer about."


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