KATE MURRAY AND ME: A Chance Meeting Leads To Some Interesting Answers When Kate Tells Me “Project Is Fine”
I don’t know if it was something in the air or the stars aligning a certain way this first day or autumn. To Isles fans, Fall is how they are feeling from reading Newsday’s skewed take on the proceedings yesterday at the Lighthouse Hearing. Newsday coverage of the Lighthouse Project and the Town of Hempstead is one of the most sloppy, inconsistent, just plain wrong, if not amateurish I have ever seen in a newspaper besides the NY Post.
Then later I read Christopher Botta’s blog on AOL Fanhouse, and have to say, love the guy, but not quite agreeing with his blog either. The blogs and many fans feedback ranged from anger, frustration, panic, to defeat, to…now a MOVING VAN? However, his strong point is that this hearing is putting Charles Wang date of “certainty” on October 3rd in jeopardy. But it is Charles Wang himself who is downplaying October 3rd recently.
Has anyone actually been to a hearing before. A zoning hearing no less? Someone once told me the tale of how the Town Board hammered two guys for over 45 minutes when all they wanted to do is landscape around their Auto body shop. Listen, I don’t think the hearing went that great from a Lighthouse point-of-view. But, the air is getting mighty thick with all sorts of takes. Let’s try to make sense of it . . .
Look, I am as concerned as an Islanders fan as anyone else on the longterm health of the team, the business and believe in the Lighthouse Project. I get that many, including former Isles employees who fought the fight for 20 some odd years during some VERY rough and tumble times, are going to be concerned about yesterday. Nick Giglia, Dee Karl, Doug Davidson, and many others all had strong takes and concerns on the goings on.
The Lighthouse House Project Is From Mars, And The Town of Hempstead Is From Venus
To me, yesterday’s hearing feel I was getting was polar opposition moving away from the center than towards it. That the Town of Hempstead made a big production of taking the Lighthouse to task at the hearing, even if they also looked like horses asses while doing it. As we read in last night’s blog, there are completely two different takes stemming from the proceedings. There is a large expanse between both perceptions, and that to me was also concerning.
I publicly warned what it might lead to if the ToH continues to play hardball. Evidently, they seem quite clear on that. For this morning at the Baldwin train station was none other than Mark Bonilla and the matriarch of the Town of Hempstead itself, Kate Murray.
So I spoke to Mark Bonilla first, telling him my concerns over the Lighthouse Project/ToH post meeting. Bonilla was very positive about the project.
“Listen, we just need to make sure of things. Don’t worry, this is going to happen. But it is our job to ask those questions and check certain things.”
Interesting take on the record, having identified myself as a NY Islanders blogger.
Murray & Me:
The Big Kahuna waiting for me at the top of the LIRR stairs where we had about a 10 minute conversation, after identifying myself.
Her first words out of her mouth floored me: “Listen, don’t worry, the Lighthouse Project is going to happen.”
Whhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!??!?!?!? I then talked to her about some feedback I got from many fans, bloggers and some of the text I was reading on the subject this morning. I mentioned the “dire straits” of what we were reading, hearing and seeing.
“It’s not dire at all. the meeting was usual for hearings like that. That is how those meetings go. That’s interesting that Isles fans walked away that it was contentious and they were disheartened, but this is how these types of hearings go. The Project is fine. Take heart.”
Now, we can all wonder where the truth is to all this. Is it the undisguised panic on one end? Is it the calm reassurance of the other? Or is it the thinly disguised contempt for Charles Wang from one source who called him a bully earlier this year? Or is it “Ass-to-Mouth” who cited yesterday that the Town Board has serious concerns and did not like the answers? Or is it Nick Giglia’s sharp take on that the Board didn’t seem to listen, or simply didn’t want to?
Or is it really somewhere in-between? Is it beneath the veneer of the political shellac which is being liberally applied by both parties, as Christopher Botta (or as his friends call him…Chris), Nick, myself and many others try to somehow plow through all of this, all coming up with different feels and takes?
I guess the question is, and sadly in the surprise of being there talking to her trying to get her take on yesterday, I did not think to try to pin her on the October 3rd date when she told me to not worry/be happy. But, just the same, a interesting take on the record the day after many people came away from that hearing terribly confused and some disillusioned.
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.