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Islanders News: Belmont arena vote today; Oliver likes hockey

Look, I don’t want it to seem like I’m using Lighthouse Hockey’s great political clout within the grand halls and smoky backrooms to improperly influence decisions that affect the electorate. But: If the Empire State Development board sees fit to approve the Islanders’ long-awaited areener project today...let’s just say we can make it worth their while by naming a whole section of the site after them.

  • Belmont arena final(?) hurdle today: “The six-member board of Empire State Development, the state agency overseeing economic development in New York, meets in midtown Manhattan at 3 p.