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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Bailey 2 1 2 1 3
R. Strome 2 2 0 1 2
B. Nelson 2 2 0 2 2
K. Okposo 2 1 1 1 2
J. Tavares 2 0 2 1 2
C. Clutterbuck 2 1 0 1 1
C. de Haan 2 0 1 0 1
M. Martin 2 0 1 0 1
L. Visnovsky 2 0 1 3 1
F. Nielsen 2 0 1 0 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Halak 1 1 0 .917 2.52

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