The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
We’ve read news reports that New York State will be choosing a real estate project to be developed at Belmont Park.
We are aware that a minor league soccer stadium is being considered for this site. We want to express that our community is not in favor of the construction of a soccer stadium at Belmont Park, and more importantly, that the Belmont Park RFP is flawed.
We are not anti-development, and in fact wish the RFP was more comprehensive. We are particularly disappointed that the RFP specifically excluded housing, an option that our young professionals desperately need in Elmont and throughout Long Island. In addition, the need for housing in our community was prominently discussed in Elmont's Vision Plan. We see no better location in Elmont for the development of smart housing to keep our young people rooted here than adjacent to a LIRR station.
Regrettably, the supporters of the soccer stadium have gone outside the community to organizations such as Long Island Junior Soccer league to garner support from individuals who do not have any stake in the Elmont community. These individuals do not live in Elmont and will not experience the adverse effects of this stadium on their quality of life or their local small businesses.
Please consider that the Belmont Park RFP should be re-evaluated to best reflect Elmont's needs. A soccer palace will make a lot of money for someone. But it will also destroy our community. The choice doesn’t seem hard to make. We ask you to hear from the residents and reject the soccer palace in favor of a plan that is supported by the people who live here.