From the Daily News:
Queens leaders are renewing a push to score the New York Islanders after Nassau County voters downed a $400 million bond referendum on Monday for a new hockey arena and minor league ballpark.
A day after the measure for a new Nassau Coliseum failed by a 57% to 43% vote, efforts to lure the Islanders to Willets Point - creating a sports complex with the Mets and U.S. Open - gained momentum.
"I really believe this is the time for Queens County to open up their arms," said Jack Friedman, executive director of the Queens Chamber of Commerce.
Friedman has pushed since 2009 for the city to include an Islanders arena in its vision to redevelop Willets Point, a maze of auto body shops near Citi Field.
A spokesman for City Controller John Liu said the NHL club would fit well in Queens because it has "a strong fan base here."
Friedman suggested the Islanders arena could also be built next to the planned Aqueduct racino in southeast Queens.
This might happen sometime in the year 2075.