“The building was dedicated to those who had made the supreme sacrifice for their country; hence the name Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.” – Nassau Coliseum website
When County Executive Ed Mangano announced last month that Forest City Ratner was selected to rebuild the aging Coliseum, he mentioned something called the Nassau Events Center, or NEC. What’s the NEC? Is Mangano planning to do away with the Coliseum’s name?
What happened to the Veterans?
According to a Long Island Business News (LIBN) article by John Callegari published Aug. 15, 2013, “Forest City Ratner selected to redevelop Coliseum,” Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano thinks “Nassau gets a better deal with the NEC proposal.”
Mangano is quoted by the LIBN as saying “[NEC] provided the best opportunity for Nassau County, one that will create jobs and opportunities...”
Oh really? Where did the NEC come from? Is that going to be the new name of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum? Why doesn’t Mangano show some transparency regarding the Coliseum? It looks as though it’s business as usual in Nassau. Remember how the county exec held a referendum about the future of the Coliseum in the middle of summer vacation during 2011 and nobody came.
Say goodbye to the Veterans Memorial
Whose idea was it to adopt the title “Nassau Entertainment Center,” or NEC, Forest City Ratner or Ed Mangano? After all, properties of the Brooklyn-based Forest City Ratner Companies include the Barclays Center. Do you think there’s some competition there? The Coliseum probably didn’t get a fair shake but who’s to say. Everything is kept so murky but that’s clearly by design.
When it comes to the Nassau Entertainment Center versus the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, which one do you think serves the residents best?
At the moment there are plenty of unanswered questions regarding the Nassau Coliseum. However, it is an election year, so don’t expect to get to the bottom of anything just yet. By the way, Mangano doesn’t stand a chance of winning and is probably grasping at straws with the new Coliseum proposal.
It’s a shame because the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum is an important part of Long Island’s history. Why change the name?