The Islanders submitted a bid in September with partners including the owners of the New York Mets and Madison Square Garden to develop a new arena at Belmont Park. "I believe the attendance will increase, I believe the passion will increase", Cuomo said.
"When the Islanders left Long Island, it hurt".
Now it's just a matter of how long it will take for the new facility, which is expected to feature an 18,000-seat arena, a hotel with up to 200 rooms, 435,000 square feet of retail space and a 10,000-square-foot "innovation center", to be built and fully operational.
Cuomo says the billion dollar investment to the area will create 3,000 permanent jobs.
The Islanders are contractually obligated to play at Barclays Center through next season, and owner Jon Ledecky confirmed that's exactly what they will do.
"It's the first time in Islander history that they will be in a world-class facility". The Isles went 41-29-12 and missed the playoffs last year, one season after making the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 2004, when they qualified three straight times. "We will make every effort to contribute to the success of Belmont Park and the Elmont community".
"It is a win for the community, big economic development initiative".
The agency on Wednesday morning said the Islanders' proposal had been accepted after "a thorough review and evaluation process".
The Islanders played at Nassau Coliseum from its inception in 1972 until 2015. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has insisted the overhauled Uniondale arena, which seats 13,900 for hockey and has no public transportation, is not viewed by the league "as a suitable option for the Islanders". "Congratulations to you, the great fans of the New York Islanders". The team is now negotiating with Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, which operates Barclays Center and the renovated Nassau Coliseum, on amending the lease.
"The is the first time in the Islanders' history that they've been in a world-class facility", the National Hockey League commissioner said of the Belmont Park plan.