Per Newsday, Arthur Breslin has pulled out of the four-horse RFQ race.

"It was just impossible for me to get together an application that would be worthy in the period of time they provided," Breslin said Thursday... "You have to be able to do things in due course and good time, and to do it correctly instead of just rushing it because you had a deadline that was too short to begin with as far as I was concerned," Breslin said. "I had a plan in my head that I had to get onto paper . . . All of that needs time and you can't do that overnight."

But Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin noted that the other developers had completed their presentations on time.And a very interesting line towards the end:

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In a phone conversation on Wednesday afternoon, Renaissance Downtowns CEO Donald Monti firmly stated that his intention in developing the Nassau County Hub property -- the 77 acre property the Coliseum sits on -- is to help retain the New York Islanders and establish an economic and technological center for the County. Monti is one of four Long Island developers who have submitted a Request for Qualifications to Nassau County, in the hopes of being selected to develop the Coliseum Hub.

"To be honest, there really is no other team but us," Monti said regarding his support for keeping the Islanders on the Hub property. "I'm not saying this for self-serving reasons, I'm saying it because there's nobody that cares about the Islanders staying that's responded. When they say so publicly then they mean so even more privately."

Monti also stressed the need to act now, in an effort to turn around the decades of stagnation that has hindered both the County Hub property, the Coliseum and the team.

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Thanks to Newsday's Randi Marshall, we now have the names of four developers who have submitted RFQs to the County for development of the Coliseum property (and you should really follow her on Twitter if you want to keep up with this sort of news). I'm going to preface all this with the following; that this doesn't mean things are any closer to getting a new Coliseum built. Not only that, but the developers have not been asked even to submit plans yet. It's essentially a show of hands for who wants to kick tires on this political football that's on its last bit of air. Another key point here is that this process hasn't involved the Islanders yet, another important step before we really have an idea of how this impacts the team. Nonetheless, here are the details on the four developers who submitted RFQs to the County:

Donald Monti CEO of Renaissance DowntownsMonti's Plainview based company Renaissance Downtowns is probably the most promising candidate in the field for keeping the Islanders on the Coliseum property in that he's the only one of these four developers who has specifically said that he wants to help retain the Islanders. Renaissance has redeveloped many downtown areas in the northeast, most recently in Glen Cove with the Glen Isle Project. That project has an interesting connection as Monti's group worked with Rexcorp Realty, Scott Rechler's real estate company. Rechler was Charles Wang's former partner on the Lighthouse Project. How this would affect the Islanders and Wang positively or negatively remains to be seen.

One further note here is that despite the similarities of the two companies the rumors that Wang's Plainview based Renaissance Property Associates is related to Monti's Renaissance Downtowns are so far unfounded. A spokesman for Renaissance Downtowns confirmed to IPB that "there is no relationship between the two entities - but certainly a notable coincidence."

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