He was 79. Via Fornabaio's Conn. Post blog:
"Besides bringing the Sound Tigers to Bridgeport, he brought the IceCats to Worcester, the Islanders to the Island, and the Nets to the NBA."
Update: Headline now links to Newsday's piece. Fornabaio's full piece is here. Nice column from Mark Herrmann here (thanks for the prod in comments, Whale).
(h/t Islanders Mania)