Islander Fans: Important Lighthouse Project Meeting Thursday Night

Eddie O'MalleyContributor IMarch 24, 2009

UNIONDALE, NY - JANUARY 19:  Fans show their support for the Lighthouse project and keeping the Islanders on Long Island during the game between the Washington Capitals and the New York Islanders at the Nassau Coliseum January 19, 2009 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

As I'm sure most Islander fans know, the Lighthouse Development Group is holding a meeting that is open to the public Thursday night at 7 P.M. at the Long Island Marriott, across from the Nassau Coliseum.

Almost every Islander blogger has mentioned this meeting, so I'm just helping get the word out.

Anyone who is planning to attend should arrive early to get a seat, and to sign up to speak if you wish to, because a big turnout is expected at the meeting. 

Don't worry about parking, the Marriott has plenty of free parking.

Islanders owner Charles Wang, and Scott Rechler from Rex-Corp will be there to talk and answer questions. 

Nassau County executive Tom Suozzi is also expected to be on-hand, but Town of Hempstead Community Leader Kate Murray will not attend for fear of conflict of interest. 

Murray has avoided anything to do with the Lighthouse Project.  She did not attend the Town of Hempstead Night the Isles hosted at Nassau Coliseum back in February, and she did not attend the TOH meeting that was held around the same time to vote on the environmental scope of the project. 

Now she is not attending this important meeting Thursday night.

Murray has been playing this game, that if Wang would drop the whole project, then the Coliseum could have been renovated years ago. 

However, this is not true.  Nassau County wants the area around the Coliseum developed (they approved the Lighthouse Project in 2006). They would not agree to just renovating the Coliseum, so that is out of the question. 

I'm not really sure what Murray is attempting to do here, because she is continuing to anger Islander fans, and she is putting her political career in peril.  She is up for re-election this November, and is losing more and more votes by the day (if she even has any left at this point).

So get out there Thursday night if you can to support this project that is vital to keeping the Islanders on Long Island.  I will be there, probably right before it starts due to my last class running until 5:30.  I will give a recap of the event after everything is done Thursday night.