Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano said Monday the $165 million face-lift to the Nassau Coliseum has given the New York Islanders a “path” for the team to return to their old home in Uniondale.But a spokesman for the team wouldn't say anything about returning to a downsized (if modernized) arena with far fewer suites than in Brooklyn, and the purported plan to build a new arena in Queens is, I believe, posturing. As I've said, I'd bet team owners renegotiate the deal with the Barclays Center.
Mangano, a Republican who delivered his eighth State of the County address from the renovated arena, said the Coliseum has “modern amenities” for fans and athletes and the opportunity to increase its 13,900-seat capacity.
“I believe Nassau County has positioned itself for serious consideration by the team,” he said. “When you factor in the support of Long Island fans, I believe we are an attractive option for the Islanders.”
While that's part of the lawsuit, more prominent are claims of racial discrimination and retaliation, with black employees claiming repeated abuse by white supervisors, preferential treatment toward Hispanic colleagues, and retaliation in response to complaints.
Two individual supervisors, for example, are charged with referring to black employees as “black motherfucker,” “dumb black bitch,” “black monkey,” “piece of shit” and “nigger.”
Two have referred to an employee blind in one eye as “cyclops,” and “the one-eyed guy,” and an employee with a nose disorder as “the nose guy.”
There's been no official response yet though arena spokesman Barry Baum told the Daily News they, but take “allegations of this kind very seriously” and have "a zero tolerance policy for…