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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Valley Streamers ponder future of Islanders
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Phillip Ferro, left, and his brother William, right, met Islanders all-star center John Tavares over the summer at a season ticket holder event.

Fox said he plans on attending the same number of games once the team moves to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn because it is accessible by the Long Island Rail Road. “The train ride from Valley Stream to Atlantic Terminal (Brooklyn) may even be more enjoyable than traffic on Peninsula Boulevard,” he said.

DeVoe cited local elected officials as a reason why the Islanders have decided to leave the county. “As an Islanders fan I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “As a Nassau County resident, I’m scared to see what the future holds.”

Ferro said the county is going to have a difficult time making up the money the Islanders generate each year when the team moves. “Our politicians failed us when they shot down the Lighthouse Project,” he said, referring to Wang’s proposal to develop Nassau Coliseum and the surrounding area, “and then the people of Nassau County were guilty of having tunnel vision when they voted down the proposal last August.

“Maybe it will be a good thing for the organization in the long run,” Ferro added, “but I have little doubt that this will go down as a failure of epic proportions as far as the county is concerned.”

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