Yesterday, as I have been chasing down Lighthouse Project information that will be hitting the feeder sometime soon, I heard Howie Rose say that he’d be interviewing Charles Wang...about the Lighthouse.
Very timely, since there were rumblings that Lighthouse News was imminent, per sources.
“Ahh, Charlie is trying to head them off at the pass,” I thought to myself.
I was fascinated. This week was going to be a mess was a gut feeling in my pit. Charles Wang did not disappoint as he seem flustered, repetitive and even angry at Howie Rose for bringing it up.
Well, Charles, why else were you there?
All he did was reiterate points made back at October 3rd. Points thrown back at him from Town of Hempstead sources ever since.
The biggest fib that exited his mouth was the one I broke months ago as I found out about a morning meeting between Charles and Kate, and then subsequent meetings between both sides on lower channels to hash issues out. It has been denied by the Lighthouse Project who even put it in a press release before things got dark, and then parroted by the usual public advocates.
It was even repeated again last night.
Charles to Howie: “There hasn’t been communication with Town, County or anyone else.”
Well…I guess it’s me versus them. Right?
In this morning’s Newsday:
“In response to Wang’s remarks, Town of Hempsteadspokesman Mike Deery said that Wang and the town supervisor, Kate Murray, met one-on-one together in late October, their staffs met once or twice around the same time, and that the parties have exchanged “correspondence” since then.”
Oh wait…really. So these kind of no meetings statements by Charles Wang and some others are NOT actually quite on the up and up?
You don’t say?
I’d look for more blogs and statements to rip on…but I’m tired of picking slop apart on the subject. Despite some personal and professional issues on how some operate or use people for their own ends, I am absolutely disgusted with the Lighthouse coverage specifically. Sorry if this bothers some people, but I am not a fawning reader. I can’t abide. This dude cannot abide.
There is just far too much abiding and not enough questioning. Too much acceptance and not enough discernment. Fans need to stop following and start thinking.
Per a source, this is not the first time there has been a contradiction. I was told that back when Charles Wang first got this public cry of complaint rolling back early last year, he had just met with Kate Murray in a one-on-one meeting. His statement back then was nobody was talking to him. Per that source, this is why the Town has been angry at Charles Wang, and nothing has changed since. This is why the words “bully” had been bandied around.
Well, that’s just your opinion man.
Another source has been telling me throughout the summer, and especially now, that Charles Wang no longer has the financing for this project. That this is all just a giant crazy bluster of saving face.
Just this weekend it was said again…
ToH source: “We believe Charles has no financing anymore for Project. We have heard this even from those connected to LHP”
Meanwhile, the Lighthouse Project, since going dark, had stopped paying FP Clark for their Environmental Review. Something they must have to go forward.
Don’t believe me. Let’s go to that same Newsday piece today…
“The ball’s in his court. They have an outstanding balance with the consultant, and there are unanswered questions that the Lighthouse group is aware of. Quite frankly, you can’t vote on a zoning until the environmentals are completed.”
So, is this all attempt for Charles to blame everyone else and now look for other places? If so, then the Nassau County Lighthouse Project is an abject failure…and not just by one side. There has been far too many missteps, contradictions, and just plain old chicanery here. I’ve had about my fill of it.
“I dropped off the money exactly as per… look, man, I’ve got certain information, all right? Certain things have come to light. And, you know, has it ever occurred to you, that, instead of, uh, you know, running around, uh, uh, blaming me, you know, given the nature of all this new shit, you know, I-I-I-I… this could be a-a-a-a lot more, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, uh, complex, I mean, it’s not just, it might not be just such a simple… uh, you know? ”
- The Dude
So we finally need to ask, why? Why all this silliness? Why the lies? Why the subterfuge?
One theory might be that the Islanders have made some sort of headway to be one of the main choices for Queens. This would be an amazing feat since over 29 entities are vying for the space at Willet’s Point. It would make Brooklyn rumors merely a feint, and the Nassau County dance just…as Nick Giglia once said aptly: A giant kabuki show.
Another is that Charles is serious about being just a tenant in Brooklyn in a place that would need to be retrofitting to fit hockey. I still find this very hard to believe unless he’s selling.
Meanwhile, with the SMG lease redone, perhaps this is what it was always about. Create a huge ruckus so that in the 11th hour, SMG who is fearful of losing a cash cow, might be able to work further with NY Islanders. After all, it was when all was bleak that Suozzi did this for them.
Who is to say. I am not sure we will ever know the truth of what is going on. To me that is the great crime here.
What needs to be understood here is that this is a situation that Charles himself put himself in. Going dark. Being reactive, not proactive. Stopping the environmental review. This is not actions of a man here for the long haul. They just maybe trying to make chaos so that they convince the NHL they need to move elsewhere. What else would this chaos produce besides more chaos?
Someone keeps peeing on my rug, and I really don’t like it. And stay tuned folks, because this is far from over this week.
About the Author: B.D. Gallof is a published writer and hockey blogger. He writes about Hockey, NY Islanders & the NY Islanders venue situation for CBS New York. BD has been written up in Sports Illustrated, TSN.ca, the NY Times Slapshots blog, Yahoo's Sports and SportsBusiness Journal. He has been a featured blogger for The Huffington Post, as well as owner, lead writer, and managing editor at HockeyIndependent.com.