Nassau, Suffolk lawmakers urge Isles to return to Coliseum – New York News

Members of the Nassau and Suffolk legislatures joined forces Friday at the Nassau Coliseum to urge the New York Islanders to return to their former Uniondale home — a move that both the team and the National Hockey League have been reluctant to support.

At a news conference outside the arena, lawmakers and business leaders argued that the Coliseum, which recently underwent a $165 million renovation, could be retrofitted to add back thousands of seats, increase the square footage of the locker rooms and build more luxury boxes and a team store.

Kevin Law, president of the Long Island Association, the region’s largest business group, said Nassau Events Center, the arena’s Brooklyn-based operator, will do “anything that needs to be done to bring this facility into NHL compliance” if the “Islanders commit to a substantial number of games” at the Coliseum.”

Lawmakers from both counties Friday failed to provide a cost for the potential renovations or detail how a move back to Uniondale would improve the Islanders’ financial outlook.

But county legislators said they are not giving up hope.

“The time to bring them back is now,” said Suffolk Legis. Bill…

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