Liquor and soccer for All
The mention of the word soccer in Elmont is enough to ignite firestorms. Not because Elmont residents don’t like soccer but because it is being used as a political weapon against children, adults and even entities like school and library districts. Apparently funding from state officials like Jack Martins is tied to “support for the Cosmos”. After repeatedly noting “soccer” as a key component of the Sewanhaka Bond rollout, residents from New Hyde Park – Garden City Park to Elmont voted “NO”.
In contrast, several years ago, the Elmont community was asked to vote on a 23% school budget increase and they passed it. Why, because it corrected a shortfall that adversely affected the delivery of academic instruction.
Senator Martins (R) and County Executive Ed Mangano (R), received accolades from the Cosmos on December 4, 2013, at a ceremony at the Nassau County Legislative Office Building. During the ceremony, Martins (R) took the opportunity to blast Governor Cuomo and the NY Economic Development Corp, for what he believes are uncalled for delays in approving his plan for Cosmos at Belmont. “The RFP is being reviewed since January 2013, which is approaching a year. Personally, I think they have had enough time to review. It’s time for them to make a decision”, said Martins.