Legislature delays Molloy field deal
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According to Carnell Foskey, the county commissioner of parks and recreation, Molloy would design and prepare the plans for the field, and the improvements it would make would include excavation and drainage work, acquisition of materials, fencing, dugouts, a bullpen, installation of artificial turf, electrical upgrades and a drinking fountain.
According to Mangano’s office, Molloy paid $4,987 to rent the field at the Mitchel Athletic Complex last year. Under the proposed agreement, the college would pay half the usual fee for baseball, while paying the full fee for use of the track and the cricket field. All told, it would pay about $4,000 a year in rent. Mangano pointed out that, over 30 years, the school would receive a discount of around $30,000 in rental fees.
Molloy’s hours of use of the field would remain unchanged: 2 to 6 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday for games, all by permit. And Molloy teams would not be the only ones using the new field. Nassau County youth baseball, Nassau County Community College teams, clinics and leagues could use the upgraded facilities when their use would not conflict with Molloy’s.
At the Rules Committee meeting last week, committee members decided to table the deal until the independent budget office could draft a report about the arrangement for consideration by legislators, and so the public can weigh in.
“We are investing $1.3 million to significantly improve the field, and Nassau County residents will use it more than 80 percent of the time,” said Edward Thompson, Molloy’s vice president of advancement. “We think this is a good deal for the taxpayer and a great example of a public-private partnership.”