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Nassau County Supreme Court Judge Mahon Thursday denied Floral Park’s motion for a Temporary Restraining Order against New York Arena Partners, which is constructing an arena for the New York Islanders at Belmont Park.

Jack Sterne, downstate spokesperson for New York’s Empire State Development Corp. said: “Today’s decision is a victory for smart economic development and is an important step forward in our efforts to transform Belmont Park, while delivering thousands of jobs and billions in economic activity to Nassau County. As we have said, this project went through a transparent, public process that followed all requirements under state law and we are pleased the judge’s decision recognizes that. We will continue to work with the surrounding communities to minimize inconveniences during construction and remain committed to vigorously defending this project.

Islanders Arena at Belmont Park construction, Thursday NOV 7, 2019
photo: EarthCam
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  1. The developers said in court papers that even a short delay in construction would pretty much ensure that the arena won’t open in time for the opening of the 2021 – 2022 season so it seems they are working on a very tight schedule and can’t afford any delays, hopefully after this ruling the judge will end up throwing out both law suits. On another note if I’m the Isles, I wouldn’t have my offices in Floral Park I would put them on the Belmont property, I think that the development group has been more than fair with Floral Park and what they are getting in return is things like having their trucks pulled over by the Floral Park PD.

    Mark do you have any idea when construction starts on the rest of the Belmont development and what will be completed when the arena opens?

  2. Tag-
    When the arena opens, only the arena will be open. Food, beverage, entertainment, hotel, retail village, and all the rest will come later. NYRA will dovetail Belmont’s renovation with NYAP work and will likely be finished after the arena.
    Floral Park has gone out of its way to assure the village will reap no benefits. No flowers and no parks are forthcoming.

  3. And the Isles should get their offices out of there because they shouldn’t contribute one penny to their tax base. Thanks for the info Mark.

  4. Hey Mark, did you see the story in Forbes about Sterling Equities not putting up any money for the arena? Anything to be concerned about? I wonder who went to the writer with that, I think he said he had 3 sources.

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