Insult To Injury: Belmont bid dies as Cosmos flail

COSMOS BELMONT STADIUM

by DAVE MARTINEZ

The news just gets worse and worse for the New York Cosmos.

After releasing players from their contracts and converting furloughs to staff-wide layoffs on Friday evening, the Cosmos got one final kick in the gut: the official end of their race for a stadium in the Elmont area.

Newsday reports the Empire State Development Corp. has officially cancelled their four-year old Elmont RFP.

“The Belmont Park RFP has been canceled in order to consider economic development and job creation opportunities beyond the scope of the original request,” said ESD spokesman Jason Conwall.

A written notice was handed to all four bidders on Friday, including Engel Burman Group of Garden City and Basser-Kaufman of Woodmere; Blumenfeld Development Group in Syosset and Related Companies in Manhattan.

The decision comes as the Cosmos look set to shutter their doors for good. With the North American Soccer League teetering on the brink of extinction, the Cosmos, who are inextricably linked to one another, have also begun the process of closing their doors — though the club has not officially commented on their status.

The move could open the doors for a return of the New York Islanders, whom left their Nassau Colosseum abode two years ago.

State Assemb. Michaelle Solages (D-Elmont) celebrated the decision, calling it a “victory for the community. Meanwhile, State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Old Westbury) said, “It’s a shame that ESD wasted nearly four years delaying action on Belmont redevelopment only to turn around and go back to square one.”