Democrat Vivian Cook of the New York State Assembly and republican Jack Martins of the New York State Senate probably don't agree on a majority of issues, but they are both firmly in support of the plan submitted by the New York Cosmos to build a permanent home in Elmont.
Martins and Cook collaborated on a letter published in the Long Island Business News, which can be found in full here. Both are asking the community to support the Cosmos proposal, which they believe will be in the best interests of the community in both the short and long term. The full letter is definitely worth the time it takes to read, but I particularly liked the final two paragraphs:
Supporting the legacy of a local soccer team and harnessing the social impact of its future isn’t just a point of local excitement – it’s a benefit we can center a community around. With the Cosmos’ proposal pending before the state’s top development authority, now is the time for our community to unite behind the team and this unparalleled chance we’ve been given to create jobs.
Let’s not let this transformative proposal sit on the sidelines. Let’s get it done and prove that sound development proposals are too important to paint in partisan colors.
The club have been waiting for a response to their proposal for a very long while, though recently we heard some rumors that a decision may be close. Should the proposal be approved, the amount of time the decision took to make will likely force the target date to be pushed back a year, from the start of the 2016 season to opening day of 2017. At this point though, I think most fans would gladly accept that inconvenience if it meant having a definitive answer on their future home.
If you haven't yet seen the renderings of the new stadium, you can familiarize yourself with the club's plans here.