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  • LONG ISLAND STILL WORKING ON DEAL TO HOLD GOODWILL GAMES

              Nassau County, NY, officials "have yet to sign a
         contract" with Goodwill Games Inc., "which will run the 15-
         day event officials say will pump $280 million into the
         local economy," according to Monte Young of NEWSDAY.  The
         event is "less than five months away" and the county has
         already spent "millions to build a state-of-the-art aquatic
         center and a posh track-and-field stadium."  While Nassau
         County Exec Thomas Gulotta's staff said they "are not
         concerned about reaching an agreement," officials
         acknowledged that some "sticking points" remain to be
         finalized, "such as the division of costs, revenue sharing,
         merchandising, sponsorship and seating arrangement at
         Mitchell Field Complex, where the track and field events
         will be held."  The "concerns" about seating at the track
         center on the county having to change the permanent seating
         from 12,000 fixed seats to 6,000 fixed and 6,000 portable
         ones. Goodwill Games spokesperson Michael Lewellen: "We feel
         it can all be worked out.  I'm confident" (NEWSDAY, 1/29).
    
    

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