Happy New Year, Everyone!
Not much news to report on the Lighthouse front, but one big bit of news happened as we flipped the calendar to 2010:
On Friday, Ed Mangano, who told me he favors the Lighthouse Project, was sworn in as County Executive, bringing the Republican Party back to power after 8 years of Tom Suozzi and a Democratic County Legislature.
In addition, the clock began ticking.
I reported at the beginning of December that we will know whether the Lighthouse Project is a priority for the incoming Mangano administration very quickly. So far, we have heard the positive - pro-Lighthouse Republican Rob Walker being named Mangano's Deputy County Executive - the negative - thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from developers who may be interested in the Nassau Coliseum property - and the interesting coincidences - Michael Martino, the Long Island Press reporter who published the erroneous October report that the Lighthouse Project was dead, being named Mangano's press secretary.
The clock is ticking, and I am running it through Martin Luther King Day (Monday, January 18). If the Lighthouse Project is a high priority for the incoming Mangano administration, we will hear him talk about it within the first two weeks, and we will hopefully see some sort of high-profile photo-op meeting indicating that the light is still on.
For now, I congratulate Ed Mangano on his ascension to County Executive, and I wish him success in governing our County. We will see his true commitment to the Lighthouse Project quickly.
(Image courtesy of the Long Island Press)