New York Islanders Remaining in Nassau: A Matter of Symmetry

August 11th, 2012 by Dee Karl Leave a reply »
The battle between the New York Islanders and the Town of Hempstead has been raging for years now. It is a battle over 77 acres owned by one entity and occupied by the other. It has become a political football for both the Democrats and the Republicans.

Development of the site has been talked about everywhere from the local coffee shops all the way up to the White House. Yet, the Islanders are no closer to having a new home than they were more than a decade ago. Or so it may seem.

Donald Monti, owner of Renaissance Downtowns—one of the four developers that submitted an RFQ to Nassau County for the Hub project—thinks differently. He believes he is the only developer knocking on the County’s door that can keep Long Island’s only major sports franchise on Long Island.

In a phone interview with Kevin Schultz of, Mr. Monti had this to say: “To be honest, there really is no other team but us, I’m not saying this for self-serving reasons, I’m saying it because there’s nobody that cares about the Islanders staying that’s responded. When they say so publicly then they mean so eve ...

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