Charles Wang comments

The referendum was defeated, but Wang remains optimistic on future of Islanders

Tuesday, 08.2.2011 / 12:05 AM ET / News
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Charles Wang comments

Before I briefly speak on today’s disappointing referendum vote for creating a destination location, growing the job market, creating new revenue streams and being a catalyst for positive change for Nassau County, I first need to thank all of my employees and interns who worked tirelessly on the phones, interacting with commuters at the train stations, and walking the business streets of our communities. 

Ed mentioned many different groups that put forth a tremendous effort and, without repeating every name or group, I would just like to thank you too. 

I would like to offer a special thank you to Jim Castellane and John Durso and their members for their amazing efforts pounding the pavement and making phone calls to promote this project so their significant labor employment issues could be addressed. 

Finally I would like to thank my friend, County Executive Ed Mangano, and his staff for getting out the facts so the residents of Nassau could make an informed decision. 

I’m heartbroken that this was not passed.  We’re disappointed that the referendum pertaining to the arena was not voted by the people of Nassau County as being a move in the right direction for growth.  I feel that the sound bites ruled the day and not the facts.  Right now, it’s an emotional time and we’re not going to make any comments on any specific next steps. 

We’re committed to the Nassau Coliseum until the year 2015 and like we’ve said all along, we will honor our lease. 

We now have a season to concentrate on with a team that is bursting with a young core of talent sprinkled with the right mix of veterans. This combination will bode well for the last 4 years of our lease.  We will continue to bring the best possible concerts, family shows and exhibitions so Long Islanders can enjoy the events and keep their hard earned dollars in Nassau County.

Training camp opens next month so hockey is right around the corner.  I can’t wait till the puck drops at our home opener, October 8th at 8pm.  Come out and watch us play. Let’s go Islanders.  Thank you.

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 CBJ 74 35 35 4 203 230 74
13 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Tavares 75 34 40 -1 74
R. Strome 74 15 31 19 46
K. Okposo 53 15 31 -10 46
F. Nielsen 74 13 28 9 41
B. Nelson 75 18 22 9 40
A. Lee 69 23 16 14 39
J. Bailey 63 15 23 6 38
J. Boychuk 65 8 25 10 33
T. Hamonic 65 5 25 16 30
N. Leddy 71 10 19 16 29
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 35 16 2 .915 2.39
C. Johnson 8 8 1 .889 3.08

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