While the Islanders’ business partners beat on the train station cola machine of sponsors that took their quarter, the big news was happening upstate in a conference room — perhaps you watched the riveting webcast — as the six-member Empire State Development Franchise Oversight Board unanimously voted to approve the proposed arena project at Belmont Park.
So, it’s finally cleared: The Islanders’ path to a new arena of their very own is paved. Developers and agencies were thorough to hopefully fight off any lawsuits, which can be filed until December. [Newsday | LHH | Horse Racing Insider]
From the Newsday piece:
Islanders co-owner Jon Ledecky, speaking toward the end of the meeting, became emotional when thanking fans and promised to be good neighbors to Elmont and Floral Park.