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NBA Lockout’s Lesson For Coliseumscam

In view of the NBA lockout, consider the consequences had the Coliseumscam bond issue passed and the NHL players went on strike. Where would the rosy revenues projected go? I’m glad we won.


Sept 2011 Nassau Libertarian Meeting


Nassau Libertarian Party monthly meeting
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Thursday, Sept. 8th
(This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.)


Landmark Diner


1027 Northern Boulevard
Roslyn, New York 11576
Phone: (516) 627-4830

Legislation Needed To Prevent Future Coliseumscams, Lawsuit May Help

New York State’s law and Constitution should be amended to prevent future Coliseumscams to benefit future Charles Wangs.   NY State government itself and the various local governments should be prohibited from involvement in the business of professional sports facilities with a blanket ban on ownership by the government or loans or grants to the teams.  We should separate sports and state.

NY’S Constitution prohibits grants or loans to corporations except those of a mental health or educational nature.  Unfortunately, NY State government and the local governments ignore the Constitutional prohibition.  There is a lawsuit called Stop The Pork filed by Buffalo attorney James Ostrowski to enforce the prohibition.  I am one of the plaintiffs.

New York’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, will hear the case on October 12th in Albany.  The Stop The Pork rally against corporate welfare will be held the same day.  Maybe I’ll go.

I have written about this case before:

Stop The Pork Lawsuit Wins Round, Goes To Court
of Appeals

Stop The Pork Lawsuit Appeal To Be Heard

Stop The Pork Lawsuit Butchered In Supreme Court
Stop The Pork Lawsuit Combats Corporate Welfare & Eminent Domain Abuse
“Many Americans were outraged by the dramatic bailouts in the headlines of
late, but fewer seem outraged by the constant flow of corporate welfare at the
federal, state and local levels. Some New Yorkers have filed suit against the
State of New York, Governor David Paterson, Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos,
and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.”

Unfortunately, even if the Stop The Pork lawsuit had been favorably decided before the Coliseumscam vote it would have been to no avail due to a case Murphy v. Erie County, which upheld the decision of Erie County to build a stadium for the benefit of a professional team.  I think this case wrongly decided but overturning decisions is an uphill battle.  Of course, the legislature and governor could correct this situation.

Legislation is needed to end corporate sports welfare.  Demand it from from the Governor and your legislator.  Vote Libertarian for those offices. -30-

Richard Cooper, Vice Chair Libertarian Party of New York and Libertarian Party of Nassau County



Nassau Libertarian Party monthly meeting 8/11/11

Nassau Libertarian Party monthly meeting

8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

(This event repeats every month on the second Thursday.)

Landmark Diner

1027 Northern Boulevard,  Roslyn, New York 11576  Phone: (516) 627-4830  (near Searingtown Road & the Americana).

We have venue for free, so it is courteous to order something.

Richard Cooper

Libertarian Leader Calls For Sale Of Coliseum Site

This news release was sent out today.


WESTBURY, NY (08/02/2011) New York Libertarian Party leader  Richard Cooper organized Coliseum bond issue opponents with his Stop Nassau Coliseum Funding website, distributing flyers around Nassau County dubbing the proposal as Coliseumscam.

Welcoming their victory, Cooper issued a call for sale of the entire Coliseum site’s 77 acres to the highest bidder, with no requirement that a sports facility be kept there.

“The Libertarian Party calls for the separation of sports and state. The county has no more business running or financing sports team facilities than it does supermarkets. Nassau voters rejected the false notion of stimulus that Obama and Mangano both advocate.”

Cooper, a Westbury businessman, notes that if Nassau was a country with a parliamentary system, Mangano would have to resign and a special election held. “We could hold one in November, that would allow more time than they gave us to prepare.”


Vote No! Today, August 1st, Monday

Vote in your usual place except for some people whose stations will not be available.  Call Board of Elections  516-571-2411 or 571 8683  or view


Ancient Rome, Modern Nassau

In ancient Rome, the Emperor watched the innocent slaughtered in the Collosseum.  In modern Nassau, our Emperor Mangano will watch the innocent taxpayer slaughtered for the Coliseum.

Vote No, August 1st.