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Nassau Lawmaker cautions the NY Governor

Carrie SolagesNassau 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.  


Last Updated ( Friday, 03 May 2013 10:35 )  


+2 # Carrie Solages 2013-05-10 18:32
Say No to the Soccer Stadium

The Soccer Stadium professional sports executives seem to care more about building a mega-soccer stadium rather than:

Where we shop
Where we work
Where our kids go to school
How much we pay in taxes
What kind of traffic we will have to buck
Whether we can afford our rent or mortgage
Whether we have medical care
Whether we can afford to keep living in our own neighborhood
What the crime rate is

On Sunday, May 19th, at 12:30 p.m., send them a message:

“Our quality of life isn’t for sale.”

Come join the Rally to Save Elmont’s Future at where your neighbors, friends and family will demand that any future development at the track is about Elmont, for Elmont and by Elmont.
Across from Belmont next to south lot at 2:30. Just look for the big crowd.
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