Saturday, July 10, 2010

Kate Murray: "Let's Go Halfsies"

I have not seen anything official, but at 11:15 pm last night, Islanders Pointblank has an extensive entry on what the Town of Hempstead should be unveiling as their "pushback" to the Lighthouse Project.

As expected, it is said the proposal will be a 50% reduction of certain portions such as the retail space square footage. However, Mr. Botta says the reduction to the residential portion will be 75%.

While Charles Wang has remained quiet all this time, looking back at the clips of Mr. Wang from past public appearances, I can't imagine he is going to be open to such a drastic reduction in his plan. Nor can I imagine him investing just to renovate the Coliseum.

However, the surprising item in Mr. Botta's article is the suggestion that current County Executive Ed Mangano is in Charles Wang's corner in this debate. Does that mean that his desire for a casino on the property was just a smoke screen? Or is he looking for the Casino AND the Islanders to reside on the property? As I previously wondered, is there now a Republican party rift between the Town and the County? Who knows.

This morning I scoured the pages of Newsday looking for some sort of information out of the Town of Hempstead, but it was not there. I, like every other fan, eagerly await the proposal from Kate Murray. Previously she said it would have been unveiled in June. I suppose she hasn't turned over her calendar page as of yet.

Tick Tock, Kate. Hmmm... Maybe Ed Mangano will drop the ceremonial puck at tonight's Blue & Orange scrimmage. Wouldn't that be interesting!

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