Empire State Development Announces Formation Of Belmont Community Advisory Committee

February 6, 2018

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced the formation of the Belmont Community Advisory Committee, an advisory body comprising 15 community members appointed by local elected officials and ESD, to facilitate open communication and engagement between local residents and other stakeholders, and the New York Arena Partners joint venture, in the transformational $1 billion redevelopment of Belmont Park into a premier mixed-use destination for sports, entertainment, retail and hospitality. 

“The Belmont CAC builds on our commitment to meaningful community engagement at every step of the redevelopment of Belmont Park into a job-creating, revenue-generating engine on Long Island,” said ESD President, CEO, and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. “This advisory body will help ensure that community stakeholders have a seat at the table as this transformational project takes shape.”

The Belmont CAC will meet quarterly and as needed. The Belmont CAC members are:

  • Danilo Archbold, Community Resident
  • Evan Babbs, Tudor Manor Civic Association
  • Lutricia (Pat) Edwards, Citi Community Development
  • Edu Hermlyn, Community Resident 
  • Leonard Hookum, Community Resident
  • Jon Johnson, Youth Mentor & Coach
  • Dave Kapell, Kapell Real Estate, Inc.
  • Mattson Kukorua, Community Resident
  • Cheryl Lee, Community Resident
  • Dominick Longobardi, Mayor of the Village of Floral Park
  • Mark McMillian, Community Board 13 (Queens)
  • Geoffrey Prime, Mayor of South Floral Park
  • Sandra Smith, Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development
  • Joyce Stowe, Tudor Manor Civic Association
  • David Viana, Office of the Nassau County Executive

In December 2017, Governor Cuomo unveiled the 10th proposal of his 2018 State of the State: Bringing the New York Islanders Home to Long Island, with a world-class, year-round sports and entertainment destination at Belmont Park. At an event at Belmont Park, the Governor announced the selection of New York Arena Partners, a joint venture among Sterling Equities, the Scott Malkin Group, Madison Square Garden and the Oak View Group, to lead the transformational redevelopment effort. The new facility will feature an 18,000-seat state-of-the-art arena for the New York Islanders; a 435,000-square-foot premier retail, recreation and hospitality complex; a premium full-service hotel; and other community amenities. The plan by NYAP remains subject to contractual negotiations, ESD Board of Director review, Franchise Oversight Board review, and all public approval requirements. The project is expected to create 12,300 construction jobs and 3,100 permanent jobs.



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