Thursday, April 9, 2009

Ra Ra Ree! Kick'em in the Knee! Ra Ra Rass.......Kick'em in the other knee?!

Welcome to yet another example of political showmanship here on Long Island. I received this Press Release about 30 minutes ago:

April 9, 2009
For Immediate Release:

Media Advisory

Press Conference
Saturday, April 11 at 11 a.m.
In front of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
Hempstead Tpke. Uniondale

“Save the Island/Save the Islanders”
Press Conference to show for the Lighthouse at Long Island Project

Visual: Giant blow-up of the Memorandum of Support that will be signed by all in front of Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

Nassau County Legislator Dave Denenberg (D-Merrick), John Durso, President of the LI Federation of Labor (AFL-CIO) and Jim Castellane, President of the Building and Construction Trades Council of Nassau and Suffolk Counties will co-host a press conference with other elected officials, labor leaders, civic leaders, veterans, residents and Islander fans to demonstrate support for the Lighthouse at Long Island Project. They will add their names to a memorandum of support for the project.

Legislator Denenberg said, “Elected officials, labor, business, community and civic leaders are being asked to show their support for this project. The Lighthouse at Long Island will increase tax revenue, create new jobs and career opportunities, create attractive housing alternatives, grow existing businesses and attract new business to Nassau County. The project will also save the NY Islanders hockey team. The Lighthouse is the most important development in Nassau County since Levittown and is smart growth that Nassau County needs now. This is not the time to sit on the fence; it is the time for real leadership to take a position that this is the right project at the right time for Nassau County.”
I'm certainly not saying that as many Long Islanders as possible should come out and support this initiative. I'm saying that this might be overkill for a situation that's already turning into a powder-keg. As proponents of the Lighthouse Project, we must tread lightly and be patient. Even though I'm sure that the reception of this event will be unanimous and positive, it just seems like more political grandstanding to me. That is not what we need in this delicate time.

However, like I stated, if you support the Lighthouse Project, then it might behoove you to attend this meeting/press conference and show how you feel about the process. Let's keep it together and not try to demonize Kate Murray or the Town of Hempstead.........too much. Have fun kids.

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