Opposition to the Islanders planned arena and development at Belmont Park made its voice heard on Thursday, as the Empire State Development Corporation OKed the release of the draft environmental impact statement for the project.
ESD approved the report at a meeting in Manhattan Thursday morning, which is where members of the public voiced their concerns about the plan. Several people associated with community groups in the area of the planned development questioned how much community input there has been with the project.
“I am here to tell you that is not the case,” Floral Park West End Civic Association president Kevin Flood said, according to Newsday’s Jim Baumbach.
Flood was joined by Tammie Williams of the Belmont Park Community Coalition, Floral Park deputy mayor Kevin Fitzgerald, Floral Park village administrator Gerry Bambrick and Attorney Norman Siegel representing the Belmont Park Community Coalition. Each expressed concern or opposition to the plan.
The state will hold three days of public hearings starting on January 8. The Public will be able to have input on the environmental impact through February 11.