A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.
The groundbreaking for the new privately financed “Twin Rinks” sports complex and recreation center
was held at Eisenhower Park Thursday afternoon.
The $15 million project is being funded by Chris and Peter Ferraro,
former New York Rangers and United States Olympians who were also only
the second set of twins in NHL history to play on the same team
during the same season. Also contributing to the project are Joel
Friedman of Clearview Capital Management, LLC, and Ronald Friedman of
Silverman Acampora, LLP. Their consultant, Richard 'Big Daddy' Selgado
of Coastal Advisors, was on hand for the groundbreaking as well.
The facility, which is slated to be finished by the fall, will have
two NHL regulation-size hockey rinks inside and a rink outside for
skating lessons, youth player development programs, tournaments and
The facility will also include four NBA/NCAA regulation-size
basketball courts, a full sized turf field for lacrosse and soccer, a
handball wall and an outdoor rollerblading path.Click here to read more about the "Twin Rinks" project.Soccer Stadium Proposed for Belmont Park
The New York Cosmos (North American Soccer League) announced earlier
this week that they have submitted a privately-funded economic
development proposal to the State of New York to build a world-class
25,000-seat professional soccer stadium near Belmont Racetrack.
According to a release, "Elmont Town Crossing will involve
transforming two sections of Belmont Park into a vibrant entertainment
complex, with a 'Restaurant Row' of nine new eateries, nearly 250,000
square feet of retail space, a 175-room hotel and the development of a
brand-new 4.3 acre public park for the residential community."
The proposed development, which will be privately-funded, was
formally delivered to the Empire State Development Corporation on Jan.
11 and is expected to cost more than $400 million.
The Cosmos estimate that the project would create more than 500
construction jobs and more than 3,000 full-time permanent jobs. The
release states "Construction alone would generate more than $500
million, concentrated in Nassau County, plus more than $200 million in
revenue annually upon completion."
Elmont Crossings will feature new transportation improvements,
including improved access, enhanced parking options and better
circulation for vehicles and pedestrians, according to a release. "These
improvements will complement existing connections to the Cross Island
Parkway and public transportation links such as the Long Island Rail
Road, MTA bus and Nassau Intercounty Express (NICE) bus."
If approved, shovels will break ground in 2014 and the stadium is
expected to be completed by the end of 2015, with the field being
installed and stadium opening in spring 2016. Retail establishments are
expected to open in the fall of 2015.Redistricting Proposals Discussed
The North and Central Merrick Civic Association invited several guest
speakers to address residents Tuesday night on the ins-and-outs of
redistricting and how the public can get involved in the process.
kind of legislature or congress that a state has, has to do this every
10 years,” said Brian Paul of Common Cause, a nonpartisan, nonprofit
advocacy organization. “It’s whenever there’s a new census. There are 19
legislators and the task is to divide the county into 19 equal pieces
based on population.
Paul went over the differences between the three redistricting maps
currently on the table, each submitted by a distinctly different party
to the Nassau Legislature — the Democratic map, the Republican map and
an alternative, nonpartisan map recently submitted by the Nassau United
“The Democrats took the existing
districts and tried to change as little as possible, legally speaking,”
Paul said. “The Republican plan is pretty much an outright partisan
gerrymander. They’re trying to get as many Republicans in the
legislature as possible with this plan. There’s no attention paid to
keeping logical community groupings together.”
“The Common Cause
plan is to start with the existing districts, but try to improve them
as much as possible based on town boundaries and community interests,”
Paul added. “In plain English, common sense districts.”Click here to read more about what was said at the meeting.
Free Legal Clinic Opens Its Doors for Businesses Impacted by Sandy
County Executive Ed Mangano announced this week that the Nassau
Business Recovery Task Force and the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at
Hofstra University have joined to establish a legal clinic that will
offer free assistance to local small businesses recovering from the
effects of Hurricane Sandy.
Through this faculty-supervised experiential learning program,
second- and third-year law students will offer transactional legal
assistance, such as drafting and negotiating contracts, and on a wide
range of legal issues that have arisen in Sandy’s wake, such as leases
The clinic opens its doors on Jan. 11 and, initially will be staffed
by six students, who will attend a weekly a seminar taught by Haber as
well as do hands-on legal work.
Small businesses interested in these legal services, including
nonprofits and community groups, should contact Kathleen Conti at or
516-463-5934 or Kathleen.A.Conti@hofstra.edu for further information or
Since the Nassau Business Recovery Task Force was established,
hundreds of calls have been received on its hotline: (516) 571-1745.
Businesses in need of assistance also can email LEADS@NassauIDA.org or visit www.nassaubackinbusiness.org
.Mangano Announces Receipients of Free Veteran's Wedding Contest
Marine Sgt. Ryan Donnelly and his fiancée, Army veteran Tina McGrory,
were announced as the winners of Nassau’s Free Wedding for a Veteran
Contest earlier this week.
Donnelly and McGrory will receive, free of charge, a bridal gown,
reception for up to 50 people, hotel rooms for the couple and their out
of town guests, flowers, DJ, video and photo services and party
Sgt. Donnelly served in three tours of duty, two in Iraq and one in
Afghanistan. During his last deployment to Iraq in 2005, his Humvee was
struck by an IED. After weeks of infection, his right leg was
amputated above the knee. He received the Purple Heart.