Hopes float for Islanders in Nassau – New York News

Randi Marshall

Randi Marshall is a member of the Newsday and amNew York editorial board.

Here they were, Nassau and Suffolk lawmakers, ready to save the day and permanently bring the New York Islanders back to Nassau Coliseum.

Oh, wait.

They had no plan. They had no promise of money for the massive renovations that would be needed on a just-renovated arena. They had no proposal that would suddenly produce the kind of arena a major league hockey team could play in.

Instead, all they had were hopes and dreams. The kind that rarely, if ever, come to pass.

Could the Islanders come back for a game or two a year? Sure.

Could the team come back even for a year — temporarily — while a new home is being built? Perhaps.

But the Coliseum won’t likely be the team’s permanent home.

The renovated Coliseum sits on an empty stretch of…

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