I realize that it's been a while since I've posted here. I've been busy, but more than that it's been a struggle to find the motivation to find new ways to write about a process that's gone very far south. I will do my best to keep on top of things, even if it means more frequent but shorter posts.
I thought this fun idea - with a gratuitous picture of Angelina Jolie thrown in for good measure - was a good place to return. Enjoy:
An Unbiased Comparison: Angelina Jolie vs. the Lighthouse Project
Angelina Jolie: Born June 4, 1975, in Los Angeles, California.
Lighthouse Project: Conceived in 2002-2003
Angelina Jolie: Daughter of actors Jon Voight (who may or may not have previously owned George Costanza's LeBaron) and Marcheline Bertrand.
Lighthouse Project: Conceived by main visionaries Charles Wang and Scott Rechler
Angelina Jolie: Made professional acting debut in 1993's Cyborg 2 as "Cash" Reese
Lighthouse Project: Unveiled September 2004 as a 77-acre, $1.6 billion project
Perhaps Best Known For...
Angelina Jolie: Her relationship with Brad Pitt
Lighthouse Project: Being the most widely-supported large development in Long Island history, with supporters outnumbering opponents 2-1.
Angelina Jolie: Became known for her international humanitarian work and the children she has adopted out of terrible circumstances, both by herself and with Brad Pitt.
Lighthouse Project: Re-born as 150-acre, $3.8 billion project after Charles Wang brought Scott Rechler and Rexcorp aboard.
Number of Times Mentioned by Name in Ed Mangano's State of the County Address
Angelina Jolie: 1
Lighthouse Project: 0
The Ed Mangano of recent weeks has been a far cry from the staunchly pro-Lighthouse candidate who sat down with me back in October. He didn't mention the Lighthouse by name, merely devoting a sentence in his State of the County to congratulating Kate Murray for moving the process forward. In the same vein, as reader mrlbem pointed out, Mangano spoke at a breakfast March 12 at Crest Hollow Country Club and sounded downright ambivalent about the Lighthouse Project. He has been deferring to the Town of Hempstead with greater regularity on the project, and he seemed to believe it would be fine to either move forward with the Lighthouse Development Group or spend months/years finding someone else.
At the same time, sources have whispered about Charles Wang increasingly stepping away from the project in recent months. The radio silence has gone on, and it took a mention of Angelina Jolie - where there was none for the Lighthouse Project - to make me truly realize that we need answers. Now.
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