Nassau Lawmaker cautions the Governor a proposed Belmont Soccer Stadium would create an economic void that harms Elmont and all of western Nassau County
(Mineola, NY) - Nassau County Legislator Carrie' Solages (D-3rd District) today cautioned New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo that plans to create a semi-professional soccer stadium on the grounds of Belmont Park in Elmont do not meet the needs of the surrounding community of hardworking families seeking to protect and strengthen their quality of life.
In a letter to the Governor the lawmaker states, “In an era when Big Sports is about huge profits and franchise deals, Elmont seeks something other than being the gateway to a corporate soccer stadium. The public relations blitz currently assaulting our neighborhoods touting the alleged benefits of a stadium fail to acknowledge the reality that Elmont would receive minimal benefits from a sports arena. A stadium would neither strengthen our real estate values nor generate neighborhood economic growth in Elmont. A stadium would, however, create an economic void where the real benefits are found inside the stadium’s gates and among the absentee investors who would enjoy millions in profits.”
In his letter Legislator Solages appeals to the Governor that the soccer plan be shelved so that development, that actually enhances Elmont and all of western Nassau, be considered through an open review process that engages the community.
Mr. Solages stated, “The hamlet of Elmont is comprised of thousands of hardworking families, many of them first generation immigrants, who seek to connect to the American dream. Our emerging middle class community seeks a redevelopment plan that creates tangible and genuine benefits that range from public parks and open greenspace to state-of-the-art shopping centers that pay attention to middle class family budgets.”
The lawmaker says he is compelled to bring to the Governor’s attention, the enormous concerns his community has regarding the property's possible development as a soccer stadium because its impact would be felt for generations to come.
“In the weeks to come, we hope you will hear the concerns of the community and look past the glib public relations campaign that replaces hope with hype,” Legislator Solages tells the Governor.