Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Crossroads at the El Coliseo

As Islander fans and Long Islanders we face a myriad of challenges each and every day. Whether it's a team that might as well be compared to Jekyl and Hyde so far this season, our economic woes on this little Island of ours or the daily battle with traffic, Long Islanders still manage to stand up to every hurdle. We simply try to take as much out of life as we can. Unfortunately, there are some of us who would prefer to stand in the way of change and block the quest for progress.

I was reading a post over on my friend Nick's, Let There be Light(house) site and I came across his most recent post on how the politics of the most recent news regarding the Lighthouse may affect proceedings as time moves forward. As we all know, our local political leaders are up for re-election come this November. To be completely honest I think one is trying to win the favor of his constituents, while the other is trying to alienate them.

Tom Suozzi has done everything short of put the shovel in the ground himself trying to win the favor of potential voters for the upcoming elections. He's approved the Lighthouse Development Group as the developer of the Coliseum site and most recently has entered into negotiations for the new lease that will accompany the project.

Kate Murray on the other hand has done everything in her power to basically stall the Lighthouse Project and provide political misdirection as far as the renovation of the aging Coliseum. She's been absent at key meetings and has generally steered clear of any and all questions regarding the development project as a whole.

So where does this leave Islanders fans and their fellow Long Islanders, who will be equally effected by the Lighthouse Project's approval or denial?

To put it succinctly, it leaves us at the voting booth.

Kate Murray is slowly but surely destroying her own political career by not speaking in a more positive light about the $3.75 billion development project that will not only increase tax revenue, jobs and housing options but will also bring Long Island into the 21st century.

I don't want to demonize Kate Murray. She's done a good job for a Town I don't live in (I'm in the Town of Oyster Bay). But, her actions of late have started to solidify her political fate. If she wants to salvage any semblance of a career, she'll be at the March 26th meeting at the Long Island Marriott adjacent to the Coliseum to smile her little smile and answer questions of puzzled Long Island residents.

What this also means is YOU SHOULD BE THERE TOO! The meeting is on Thursday, March 26th and will consist of Michael Picker, the head of the Lighthouse Project; Charles Wang and Scott Rechler, the head developers; Tom Suozzi, Nassau County Executive; and the TOH Board; all of whom will be on hand to answer questions. This is our chance to voice our opinions on the process and support a cause that will positively affect all of us. I hope you can all make it.

(Photos courtesy of Barry Melrose Rocks and Newsday)

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