Coliseum Developer Chosen, Gas Station Incentive Announced

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Nassau County announced Tuesday its plans to "reinvent" the Nassau Coliseum by bringing in Forest City Ratner Companies (FCRC), the same developer responsible for Brooklyn's Barclay's Center.

The project to develop the dated Coliseum recently took on an added dimension after the New York Islanders announced plans to relocate some 25 miles west to the same Barclays Center at the beginning of the 2015-16 NHL season.

Bruce Ratner, Chairman and CEO of FCRC, joined Islanders owner Charles Wang and County Executive Ed Mangano to announce the FCRC's plan to create a strategic Reuse Plan for the Coliseum to help transform the venue into becoming what the county described in a press release as "an attractive, state-of-the-art destination for sports and entertainment."

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County Announces Incentive to Keep Gas Station Pumps on During Power Outages

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced Monday that the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (NCIDA) has a new financial program to keep the gas pumps open when the power is off. The proposed measure has the support of the Nassau County Economic Recovery Task Force.

The NCIDA will provide a sales and use tax exemption and other incentives to owners of retail gasoline stations who install backup generators or other alternatives that would allow them to continue to pump fuel in the event of a power outage. Tax relief would be retroactive to Nov. 1, 2012 and continue through to Dec. 21, 2013.

Gas station owners who install backup power equipment will be exempt from sales taxes on the purchase and installation of the equipment. Station owners also would receive a PILOT agreement in an amount equal to the cost of the purchase and installation of the “back-up” equipment spread over a 10-year period.

Station owners who obtain the tax breaks would be required to annually certify that the backup equipment is in place and operable. The tax breaks will be recaptured in the event of price gouging, the failure to install or maintain the equipment or if the source of payment for the equipment is from a third party entity.

Nassau Community College Presents "Superstorm: The Science Behind Sandy"

The Nassau Community College Cultural Program will present the program “Superstorm: The Science Behind Sandy” on Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 2:45 p.m. in Room 123 of Building F. The program will be presented by NCC Physical Sciences Professor Richard Cohen.
During his presentation, Cohen will answer several questions about the nature of Hurricane Sandy and the circumstances that precipitated its occurrence. Among them are: What made Sandy so unique? Why was the hurricane as devastating as it was? Was this storm at all attributable to global warming? Cohen will also give a history of previous major weather events on Long Island.  
For more information about “Superstorm: The Science Behind Sandy,” which is free, open to the public and accessible to the disabled, call 516.572.7148.

Free Holiday Concert to Benefit Sandy Victims

Nassau County is offering a free musical opportunity that will serve to benefit the victims of Hurricane Sandy.

County Executive Mangano announced that the Long Island Philharmonic will present Nassau County’s “Holiday Spectacular” concert on Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Butler Building at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Garden City. The two-hour concert will begin at 7 p.m.

Admission is free, but tickets are required. All attendees are asked to bring non-perishable food items which will be collected by Island Harvest and distributed to those affected by the fierce superstorm that caused widespread damage across the region.

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Papa Tom November 24, 2012 at 01:32 PM
How will gas stations keep these generators running if they have no gas? :)
Brent M. November 24, 2012 at 03:43 PM
I am glad they are brining in a developer to re-do the coliseum!! I applaud it.. hempstead turnpike has buisness upon buisness closing which means Crime will go up.. atleast if they build something .. it will create jobs
Marilyn November 24, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Mangano came up with another dumb idea...the taxpayers of our county will have to pay the cost of these tax exemptions. Then of course as Toms Dad said there will be environmental issues if disaster strikes again! If Mangano wanted to do something for Nassau County, he should be exerting pressure on LIPA to prevent disasters!
Marilyn November 24, 2012 at 03:50 PM
I agree....
Geoffrey Walter (Editor) November 24, 2012 at 04:42 PM
The following comment was posted on the Mineola Patch Facebook page by Anastasia Steele: "Ha! They do it after the Islanders leave. Crazy!"
ArtyMarty November 24, 2012 at 05:17 PM
KATE MURRAY will kill anything they come up with. She is afraid housing will bring in more Democrats.
Alison Gilbert November 24, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Thank you for the latest info related to Hurricane Sandy. It has been posted in the comments section of this blog post. Additional relevant comments are welcome. http://digitalethos.org/social-media-and-hurricane-sandy/
Marilyn November 24, 2012 at 06:41 PM
This is exactly what my son predicted would happen!
Chris Wendt November 24, 2012 at 06:57 PM
If NY State had thought, for example, that schools should all have backup electric generators, then they would simpy enact a mandate and require school districts to purchase and install generators on their own nickel. But here we have Nassau County paying for generators to power gas stations, plus offerning them a bribe to fall into line and comply. Forget for the moment that having a backup generator should be its own business incentive for gas station owners to install them, why are OUR tax dollars being showered upon the most lucratice industry on the planet?
tommy five November 24, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Ratner is a crook who robs nyc and will do the same to nassau county
George Mulligan November 24, 2012 at 09:18 PM
After seeing the lines at gas stations in our area for two weeks, I have no problem with Nassau County giving incentives to owners to purchase generators. Gas, like heat, hot water and electricity are essential to our way of living. And being the owner of a gas station isn't all that lucrative. They operate on pennies per gallon profit. My local gas station decided a few years ago it wasn't worth the hassle to pump gas. They now operate as strictly a repair facility. They felt the "profit" margin for the gas wasn't worth the cost of compliance.
George Mulligan November 24, 2012 at 09:24 PM
I'm sorry Ratner did not step forward five years ago with a plan to save the Nassau Coliseum. Perhaps the Islanders would have stayed for another twenty five or fifty years. Now we might get a new arena, but the chances of getting a major league hockey or basketball team are nil. Brooklyn's gain is our loss.
Marilyn November 24, 2012 at 11:19 PM
I agree with you Mr. Wendt. While many gas stations have become repair stations only due to rising costs of property taxes etc, if you can't afford to install backup generators then perhaps you should contact your gasoline supplier and ask them for assistance.
ArtyMarty November 25, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Any plan would have been killed by KATE MURRAY. Remember the Lighthouse. All privately financed.
e November 25, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Please interview gas station owners on whether they plan to take advantage.Why the heck weren't they required to do this before, since we live on an island with as many cars as people???
e November 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM
One of the reasons we had no gas was that the trucks filling up in Holtsville were also supplying Brooklyn and Queens since their regular NJ deliveries couldn't get to them.
Chris Wendt November 25, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Newsday has a terrific piece on the gasoline problems at http://www.newsday.com/classifieds/cars/after-sandy-a-look-at-gas-distribution-1.4255542 All the generators in the world would not have gotten gasoline to service stations in the immediate aftermath, this due to Port restrictions and refinery, pipeline and truck loading terminal problems. As I said, the Newsday piece is an excellent read and should generate additional discussion.
Robert Demarco November 25, 2012 at 01:30 PM
She also would not control jobs or patronage if the project was privately financed. She will screw this up like she did the Wang proposal.
Brent M. November 26, 2012 at 01:35 AM
WHats done is done.. the "they shouldve.. it s too late... why didnt we then.. " its all nonsense.. of course the county sucks... KATE MURRAY is running scared and AVOIDING the Coliseum like the Plague.. but there has to be a point where its like.. "ENOUGH already.. " FIX IT!!! If the Barclays Center guy wants come in and develop the Coliseum land.. I say DO IT!!! The land is just sitting there.. no Revenue. NO new jobs...
David Pridgen November 26, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Yes, good point, however, many people believed and the MSM was reporting that the shortage was due to lack of power, it was only after about a week that it became apparent that it was due to lack of gas. This is a relatively cheap bill they can pass that allows smart gas station owners (who haven't already installed backup generators) to profit while the power is off, and write off the cost of installing the generator. I say profit, because, while they are not allowed to price gouge, they are also not required to reduce the price by the amount of tax that we pay. Everyone does realize that all taxes on energy are passed along to us, right? So the service station gets to keep all the cents/gallon (I'm not actually sure what the gas tax is here in LI) that would have gone to the state for themselves. As long as they are running on their generator. If they have no gas, then there is no gas being sold anyway, so the generator doesn't even get run.


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