The Empire State Development Corp is holding  a “Community Q&A” session with the New York Arena Partners this evening.

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time: 6:00 – 8:00pm

Location:  Elmont Library Theater, 700 Hempstead Turnpike, Elmont, NY 11003


ESD has advised that the team will present more detail on the two site plans being considered and will answer questions.


The following are the questions that the Village submitted to ESD in advance of this meeting and we hope will be responded to tonight:


Thank you for the opportunity to submit questions in advance of the Community Q&A Session Empire State Development (“ESD”) will be holding with New York Arena Partners(“NYAP”) on April 24th. Although the Village of Floral Park recently submitted over 200 questions as part of our Response to the Draft Scoping Document last week, we are submitting the following questions for answers at the Community Q&A Session.

  Size of the Project

 This is an enormously large project no matter where it is proposed to be built, but it is particularly large given the nature and character of the existing development in the communities surrounding Belmont Park.

                 The questions related to this are:

                              Why are ESD and NYAP pursuing a project so large and so out of sync with development patterns in the surrounding communities? 

                             Why can’t ESD and NYAP pursue a much more scaled down project at Belmont which is much more in character with development in the surrounding                                  area?

  Offsite Project Work

                 We have learned that this Project will require significant work and construction beyond the boundaries of Belmont Park, including significant construction activities in local street beds (mentioned in the draft Scoping Document) and expansion of the Floral Park substation (not disclosed in the draft Scoping Document).

                                When will ESD and NYAP disclose the full extent of its proposal to the public?

 Study Area

                 It is of vital importance for the public to understand the study area for the project.  However, the size and scope of this project seems to be growing and evolving and statements regarding the study areas are causing significant public confusion.

                                What are the clearly delineated study areas for this project?

Coordination with NYRA

                 There are many indications that NYRA is planning significant improvements and other activities at Belmont Park, and that at least some of these improvements/activities have been triggered by the announcement of ESD/NYAP’s proposal.

                             Has NYAP and ESD been in communication with NYRA to learn of its plans?  What has NYRA said?

                            Does ESD/NYAP commit to assessing, as part of the environmental review process, the cumulative impacts local residents will actually suffer as a                                        result of  development within Belmont Park?  

Thank you for the opportunity to submit these questions and we look forward to hearing ESD’s and NYAP’s responses on the 24th.


Dominick A. Longobardi                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mayor

Kevin Fitzgerald                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Deputy Mayor




On Thursday April 12th, Beveridge & Diamond the Village of Floral Park’s environmental counsel in the proposed Belmont Park Redevelopment Project, submitted a detailed response to the Empire State Development Corp’s Draft Scoping Document. A copy of Beveridge & Diamonds response can be seen here. Beveridge & Diamond 4-12-18 ltr


On the same day, the Village of Floral Park submitted a separate response to ESD’s Draft Scoping Document, which was designed to supplement Beveridge & Diamonds analysis. The Village’s response contains over 200 questions pertaining to all areas of the proposed project, and can be viewed here. Inc Village of Floral Park Comments to ESD Scoping Comments Document (4.12.18)-3


Also, County Legislator Richard Nicollelo and Vincent Muscarella  submitted a letter to the ESD in response to the Draft Scoping Document, outlining their concerns about the proposed development as well. A copy of their letter can be viewed here. Muscarella & Nicolello April 12th ltr




Below are comments given on the record or submitted by some of our residents, our elected officials, and Belmont Task Force Members at the March 22, 2018 Scoping hearing.

Written comments on the Draft Scope will be accepted through 5:00 PM on Thursday, April 12, 2018, please submit them to:

Michael Avolio

Empire State Development Corp. 

633 Third Avenue 

New York, NY 10017


or by email:

[email protected]

The Empire State Development Corp. has stated that all comments received prior to the close of the comment period will be considered by ESD as the lead agency and will be included in the Final Scope document.  We ask that you also, send a copy of your comments to the Village either by mail or email at [email protected] .


Mayor Dominick Longobardi D. Longobardi

Deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald K. Fitzgerald

Trustee Lynn Pombonyo L.Pombonyo

Trustee Archie Cheng  A. Cheng 

Village Administrator Gerard Bambrick  G. Bambrick

Former Mayor Thomas Tweedy  T. Tweedy

Floral Park Bellerose Superintendent Michael Dantona  M. Dantona

Vice President Floral Park Bellerose School Board Laura Ferone  L. Ferone

Belmont Task Force Member Frank Gunther F. Gunther

Belmont Task Force Member Denis McEnery  D. Mc Enery

Belmont Task Force Member Kevin Flood K. Flood

West End Civic Association President Marc Mullen  M. Mullen




You may be aware that an arena for the Islanders has been proposed to be built at Belmont Park. However, you may not be aware that the breadth of this proposed project has been significantly expanded within the past few weeks (see Mayor Longobardi’s Mayor’s Message 2-28-18)

Your opportunity to speak out and ask questions on this project will be on Thursday March, 22, 2018 at the Elmont Memorial Public Library.  The Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) will hold two scoping sessions. Session one: 3:30 PM- 5:30 PM. Session two: 6:30 PM- 9:30 PM.

The concerns and questions of the Village’s Belmont Task Force are summarized in the attached flyer.

Belmont flyer

A copy of the Empire State Development Corp’s Draft Scoping Document, which describes this project, is attached.

Draft Scope for Preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement

To give you a more detailed idea of some of the Village’s very legitimate concerns regarding this project, attached are the questions previously submitted to the ESD by the Village and Belmont Task Force in December

Belmont Comments-Questions

Belmont Supplemental Comments

The Village believes a few short weeks for the surrounding communities to evaluate this extremely large project is simply insufficient. The Village has requested the ESD to provide the surrounding communities with additional time and hearing dates to comment on this project.  VFP Corr to Zemsky. Other elected officials have joined the Village’s request and are demanding an extension as well.  VTM RN Ltr FP Belmont 3-16-18

But at this moment, the only Scoping Hearing planned by the ESD for this project is scheduled for March 22, 2018 at the Elmont Memorial Public Library. Please make an effort to attend one of these hearings and express your questions and concerns.