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Auditor Claims Nassau Coliseum Shortchanging County

MINEOLA, N.Y. (AP) — The management company that operates the Nassau County arena where the New York Islanders play home games underpaid the county for concession, parking and other fees by $900,000, according to an audit released Wednesday by the county's comptroller.

Spectacor Management Group, which has had a contract with the county to operate the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, shortchanged the county on its share of revenues from the sale of souvenirs by $823,677 from July 2002 through December 2004, Comptroller Howard Weitzman said.

The audit also found underpayments to the county for food concessions, parking and other fees, he said.

A telephone call to the company's office in Philadelphia for comment was not immediately returned Wednesday.

The county and Spectacor initially signed an agreement to operate the coliseum, which also is home to an arena football franchise, since 1979. The original 30-year lease was extended in 1986 to July 31, 2015.

Talks are under way to renovate the facility as part of a larger multibillion-dollar redevelopment of central Nassau County, where it's located.