Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
The comptroller, now apparently having jumped on the Islanders bandwagon, is in full support of the team. During the lockout, the comptroller had a little bit different tune.
“If they do in fact settle, then the loss could be less than $500,000 because we would have the benefit of half of season,” Maragos told Patch Thursday before the lockout was settled. “If they actually cancel the season, we may be a little better off because the Islanders are not a big draw compared to other events.”
Maragos continued by saying that even if the entire season had been canceled, the county was looking at losses of $500,000 or less. The monetary losses are all in terms of ticket tax and Nassau’s share of parking and concessions.
Last time I checked $500,000 is $500,000 and not something that can be downplayed or played up based on the situation.
The County portrays it as either $500,000 loss that doesn’t sound so bad “because [there would be] the benefit of half a season” and non-Islander events are better for the Coliseum. Or, it gets played up in a release titled “Let’s Go Islanders!” touting a $500,000 gain that sounds great.
The County looked under its couch cushions and instead of the usual pocket change or political corruption, they found half a million. The playoff revenue is literally $500,000 of found money, which is great, no doubt about it. But it was only five months ago that Nassau was better off without a season.
More from the Patch article:
And the Islanders are helping to bring in $4 million in economic activity, according to the County release, which the County overlooked when they weren’t playing. But now that they are, there it is in the title of a press release.
Best of all is the allusion as to where that $500,000 is going. The last paragraph of the press release randomly cites how much the County paid to dispose of its resident’s trash. It does not explicitly say that’s where the money is going but it’s hard not to think of it that way given the odd nature of the release.
Nassau residents, you’re in a good-news, bad-news situation here. I’ll give you the good news first.
The good news is there’s a $500,000 windfall from the Islanders playoff run.
The bad news is that it takes $31 million to move your garbage somewhere else, so you won’t have to look at it every day on your way to work.