Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Posted by Nick at Wednesday, September 02, 2009
I have said before that this, the re-zoning hearing, is it. This is the time the Lighthouse Project will be held up, the public can speak specifically on whether or not this is a good project for Long Island, and the organized opposition has its very last chance to emerge. It is of paramount importance that we show up to make our numbers and support clear, and you will hear more from me on this as we move forward. I've been in touch with a few other people, and we have not ruled out some kind of citizen-driven show of support.
Some have voiced anger or confusion that the re-zoning hearing is scheduled for September 22, the day Charles Wang planned to attend the Islanders' exhibition game vs. the Los Angeles Kings at the brand-new Sprint Center in Kansas City. (Blogger's Note: I am shocked - SHOCKED - that our favorite newspaper reporter decided to play this angle almost exclusively in today's piece - though the same newspaper's editorial board demanded the Lighthouse move forward) It's definitely a brilliant piece of political strategy, but some began to exhale because it seemed Charles Wang's request for "certainty" (re-zoning approval) would be met.
Not so fast.
I spoke with an official representative from Kate Murray's office today, and my suspicion is confirmed: there will not be a vote on September 22.
The Town of Hempstead will hear statements from citizens on both sides of the Lighthouse issue for 9 hours, possibly more, on September 22, but we will not leave the John Cranford Adams Playhouse at Hofstra knowing the project's ultimate fate.
I plan to follow up with the Town tomorrow and attempt to get more details, but this now begs a brand-new question: When will we have a vote?
The schedule is now as follows:
September 8: Town of Hempstead will vote on whether to schedule the re-zoning hearing. If you can make it, I hope to see you there (Hempstead Town Hall).
September 22: Proposed Date for Re-Zoning Hearing
???: Re-zoning vote.
Stay tuned - the clock is ticking.