Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Politicians Support The Lighthouse...Do You?

(Picture used courtesy of the The New York State Executive Chamber)

This is a friendly reminder to all of our readers that we are exactly one week away (Tuesday, 8/4) from the Town of Hempstead's public hearing regarding the Long Island Lighthouse project. The project, in case you haven't heard, is a proposed $3.74 billion mixed-use development put forward by Islanders owner Charles Wang. Under the plan, the current Nassau Coliseum site would be completely transformed.

On Monday, July 27th, a host of politicians (including New York State Governor David Paterson, pictured above) held a press conference in front of the Coliseum to express their support for the project, which would include a new arena and practice facility for the New York Islanders. While it was a nice opportunity for them to be seen and heard, we believe the fans and citizens should be heard from as well. If you haven't done so yet, the last and best opportunity for that is nearly upon us.

As we have done in the past, we urge our readers to construct their opinions by learning the facts and then making their comments and/or questions known to those overseeing the project. There is no shortage of published information regarding the project on the Internet; the research can't get much easier.

That said, the place to make yourself heard will be at the aforementioned public hearing. It is set to take place on Tuesday, August 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra University (marked by the green arrow on the map).

We hope you will exercise your right to be heard by attending the hearing.

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