The New York State Empire State Development Corporation will approve the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Islanders Arena at Belmont Park Monday, at a 3 p.m. meeting in Manhattan.
The ESD board of directors will seek “authorization to accept and approve” the FEIS. This is the first of three boards necessary to complete the approval process. The Franchise Oversight Board and the Public Authorities Control Board will soon follow.
Governor Andrew Cuomo, originally scheduled to speak on Long Island at the same time, is a late scratch. A new time will be set for the announcement of the new Long Island Rail Road station at Belmont Park.
Islanders fans should be happy the approval process is in motion, as it is far more important that a public relations opportunity for Cuomo.