It wasn't close. Voters shouted a loud no. They don't want to fund an arena for a hockey team. Taxpayers are saying the owner should build it privately. AIt doesn't sound like the Islanders are long for New York.
The NHL is more than happy to profit from the enmity of its players. So it's a bit rich that they decide to cry foul when athletes actually act as if they have some sort of personal investment in their craft.