UPDATE 12:30 PM: Official Statement from Charles Wang released, posted on The Light Post.
UPDATE 11:00 AM: Charles Wang tells Newsday, of this report that ripped through Islanders Country last night: "It's bogus." It took that long?
UPDATE: Chris Botta is reporting that the Islanders staff is telling fans the project is still on, and a statement is planned for later today. Glad to know they can still speak, though I didn't know it took a full day to write a statement.
It is now about 17 hours since the Long Island Press first reported a story that the Lighthouse Project has been abandoned. Despite serious questions about the piece's credibility and the Press' maddening insistence on calling the Lighthouse Project "controversial," the Press has doubled down on the story, re-Tweeting it at least twice since the initial announcement. Newsday could do no better than run a story saying an anonymous source connected to Charles Wang (but not Mr. Wang himself) says the Lighthouse has not been abandoned.
This refusal to speak on the record has gone from maddening to disrespectful, and I have to call it what it is. These same people who never had a problem calling or sending an email when they needed something now left the tens of thousands of people who all sacrificed something toward this common goal twisting in the wind for almost a full day. I'm not even talking just about the bloggers; there are plenty of people who wrote comments, signed petitions, made signs, and took precious days off from work to attend Lighthouse Project hearings, all because they believed in the future of Long Island and endorsed the vision put forward by Charles Wang and Scott Rechler. These people deserve better.
To make matters worse, this is the same group who repeatedly (and in many cases, rightly) accused the Town of Hempstead of playing games every step of the way. I do not like to feel used, and that's where I am right now.
To the Lighthouse: TIME TO SPEAK UP. Our patience is running thin.