WHILE NASSAU FIDDLES WITH ANOTHER MEETING……Wang is listening to offers from municipalities in New York and elsewhere

There will be a meeting about the future of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum property on Tuesday at 2:00 pm at the headquarters of the Nassau County Legislature. The meeting will be led by Republican legislature member Denise Ford, who is the chairwoman of the Economic and Community Development and Labor Committee.

Tuesday’s meeting may be another snoozefest, but Nassau had better wake up soon. According to sources with intimate knowledge of the situation, Charles Wang is listening to any municipality that wants to make the Islanders feel at home.

At Ford’s meeting – open to the public – you can be sure every politician and real estate developer speaking will include a nod to the Islanders. “Let me make it clear that we want our Islanders to stay,” at least one will say. Some will profess to be Islanders fans. One or two might not even be lying about it.

Not much will come out of the meeting, but Feb. 14 will be an historic day. Should the unthinkable happen – the Islanders leave Nassau – Tuesday will be remembered as the official beginning of the end.

“The focus of the meeting will be on what can be done with the entire property,” said Ford, who hopes to make the case for more money from New York State.

Three of the leading men with the plan to develop the Coliseum are influential members of the Association For A Better Long Island. You remember the ABLI, the group that spent a lot of money and influence campaigning against the Aug. 1 referendum.

These gentlemen wanted what’s best for Long Island and now – presto – they want to develop the property. Vincent Polimeni? He lost the bid in 2005 to the Lighthouse Group. Ed Blumenfeld? You got it. He came up way short almost seven years ago. Jan Burman? Another loser to the Lighthouse.

Lucky for them, the Lighthouse was shuttered by Kate Murray and the Town of Hempstead. Now, without the Islanders and without the Coliseum, Polimeni, Blumenfeld and Burman want their chance to lead Nassau in its development of the Hub – in their words, “with or without the Islanders.”

It’s no wonder Wang hasn’t said anything substantive about the arena issue since Aug. 1.

Behind the scenes, however, he is enjoying his free agency. After the referendum was fumbled by County Executive Edward Mangano and rejected by Nassau voters, Wang did not hang his head. He told his staff, as he told the press that night, that there was gold in the Coliseum’s expiring lease.

Sources insist that he is utilizing his leverage to be prepared for 2015.

But here’s where it gets really dicey for the true Orange and Blue believers, and those ignorant folks – namely, this writer – who found the notion of the Islanders ever leaving New York inconceivable.

Wang does not want to leave Nassau County, and staying put remains his first choice. But when I asked top executives to confirm that Wang will only consider overtures from municipalities within the New York metropolitan area, I could not get a promise on or off the record.

“I can’t guarantee that anymore,” said one source on high. “They are looking at options inside and outside of New York State. It would be misleading to say New York only.”

So there you have it.

After offering to pay for the Lighthouse Project under a Democratic county regime and watching the Republican-led referendum fail – and now having to endure watching ABLI members tell the county what it should build – Wang is listening to everyone. He wanted a yes or no and heard no twice, emphatically, on a pair of diverse arena development deals. And now Mangano is listening to offers from developers who acted without conscience around a conflict of interest to kill his own referendum.

Dum de-dum dum.

Wang’s options are endless — Brooklyn, Queens, Suffolk – and apparently boundless, too. A few Canadian cities want an NHL team and are willing to write blank checks to get one. Wang, who does not have the Islanders on the market and would be foolish to sell after hanging on while sustaining $200 million in losses, will do what he has to. (And to be clear, while there may be one or two wannabe saviors out there with fantasies of buying the Islanders and making it work in Nassau, no one has yet to make an offer. So far, it has been just the kind of all talk and no action the under-financed Bob Gutkowski teased fans with in the 90s). After owning the Islanders for 12 years, Wang does not have to worry about anyone questioning his loyalty to Long Island.

Nassau, of course, is not out of the running. But 40 years after the Coliseum opened, 30 years after the dynasty, and 15 years after the Gulotta-Milstein fiasco, what was once thought impossible could actually happen. The Islanders could leave Nassau County. The Islanders could leave New York.

If they do, put all those developers who claimed to want a better Long Island at the top of the list of people who made it possible.