As rumors of the imminent decision of the Empire State Development Corporation’s Belmont revitalization bid continues to surface, opposition of the New York Cosmos proposal has become more visible.
The Elmont Community Coalition Council has been leading that charge, taking out ads on New York’s leading news radio station 1010WINS and now funding commercials on local Long Island television stations.
Opposition to the initiative is small, but vocal. Local Legislator Carrié Solages has thrown his weight in with the opposition while the Cosmos have secured larger support from Senator Jack Martins and County Executive Ed Mangano.
Three bids are up for consideration, with the Cosmos proposal earning the most plaudits for it’s scope and depth. Along with the stadium, the Cosmos are are also offering to build a hotel, restaurant row, establish local parkland and create other neighborhood amenities. According to their calculations, that would create 3,000 full-time, permanent jobs in the area.
While the bid is enticing, the ECCC is exploiting the Cosmos attendance (averaging 8,126 fans through three games) to oppose the creation of a 25,000 seat stadium.
Curiously, no other bid has received the same kind of public scrutiny as the Cosmos have.
Here is the commercial in full: