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Bits: Renderings and Electioneering

Arena Rendering Courtesy of the NY Islanders team site.
Arena Rendering Courtesy of the NY Islanders team site.

[Updated with more of the same on the arena at 07/31/11 3:02 PM EDT ]

The rendering; she's a lovely beast isn't she Nassau? It looks like it's us against the world folks. If we come, they may build it.

Strangely enough, there continues to be opposition in the form of semi-local sports writers who are against the arena referendum for the Islanders. George Vecsey seems to think the "figures seem suspect" and basically that we'd all just become Ranger or Devil fans or something [NY Times] and Larry Brooks (oh Brooksie) makes this claim [NY Post]:

Brooklyn residents in the 1950s probably would have killed for the right to spend the adjusted equivalent of $100 or so a year — that’s what it may amount to for each Nassau County household — to have kept the Dodgers in Flatbush.

Alan Hahn, the former Islander beat writer prior to Greg Logan, who gave way to Katie Strang, took to twitter this week to voice his disapproval of the arena plan on the grounds of Nassau maintaining control of the property. Which is probably correct, it's just that hey, options are in short supply right now. After the jump, some appropriate Nassau County political music and a couple of links.

I will stop. I will stop at nooothiiing.
Say the right things...when electioneering.
I trust I can rely on your vote.

When I go forward, you go backwards
And somewhere we will meet.
When I go forward, you go backwards
And somewhere we will meet.

-Radiohead: Electioneering

This far, there aren't too many hockey/arena links for today but we will do our best to update as things become available. As always, feel free to add links in the comment thread. The time is upon us now. Let's get out there and do what we can to make this happen...I just want to tell you good luck...we're all counting on you.

Your New York Islanders August 1 referendum primer | ProHockeyTalk
PHT puts many of the pertinent links in the same place for us.

Coliseum vote may raise tax-cap issue

Newsday Editorial: Vote yes for new Nassau arena

Q-and-A on Coliseum referendum issue -Randi Marshall [Newsday]

Mottau on the NHL comeback trail - Brockton, MA - The Enterprise

@KatieStrangNYI: #Isles announce they will host referendum vote results reception Monday at 8:30 with Wang and Mangano

The Checking Line | New York Islanders | We're All Islanders: Reasons For Voting Yes

Lido Beach Rally Being Held In Support Of New Nassau Coliseum Ahead Of Project Vote " CBS New York

CBA FAQ - Mile High Hockey

Links added at 3:00 pm:

Referendum on potential new home for Islanders approaches - 2011 Offseason News

Opinion: Voting Yes on the Coliseum Proposal - Plainview, NY Patch
'As Long Islanders, we need this destination.'

Islanders owner 'confident' in new Coliseum vote - Brett Cyrgalis

Future of the Islanders hangs in the balance of Aug. 1 vote - Puck Daddy - NHL Blog - Yahoo! Sports