If you think Tom Suozzi’s narrowest of margin lead will hold, please be aware that 12,000 absentee ballots have not been counted. It are those who have Nassau Democrats shaking in their boots. Those type of ballots tend to swing Republican, as a general rule since many of these tend to be older voters.
Meanwhile, no surprise here, that Kate Murray crushed Kristen McElroy. Terrible truth of it all is that Islander fans made not one whit of difference. Murray actually accrued more votes this election than her last one.
Those wondering if perhaps something was afoot here would be correct. In the cavalcade of mistakes made this election cycle, one large looming one is their mailing it in with McElroy, who clearly was merely tapped to be a Democratic paperweight.
And, despite the effort of Islander fan Joe Conte, who deserves tremendous kudos for taking over her campaign and giving it the best he could in the last month or two, it was fate long sealed. Nassau Democrats flubbed this from start to finish, from top to bottom.
If there is a person to blame through all of this, it might be Tom Suozzi and his office who helped politicize the Lighthouse and blow smoke up Charles Wang’s arse. The Lighthouse Project’s and Charles Wang’s affiliation with Suozzi did not help things ultimately. In fact, it is my personal belief…and I am not alone on this, that it hindered the process.
So, what now brown cow?
Well, I’m glad you asked. Now Charles Wang and the Lighthouse Project comes to the table willing to accomodate the Town of Hempstead town board, or they take a walk and take their chances and re-put years of effort elsewhere.
Either talk/deal or walk. That’s it. Any soapbox of this “Vote Yes or No” crap was made of soap itself and hosed off two days ago. Their so-called friends are now in survival mode. And answer to the Mangano/Suozzi election will be forced to a recount no matter who wins via the absentees. We won’t know who really won until December.
With what I believe Mangano’s ultimate win, and the turnover of the Legislature to the Republicans (11-8), the political climate has changed and Charles needs to get back to the basics of why he did the project in the first place rather than his dream that might have been blown to extravagent proportions due to gargantuan battles, ego and pride.
Do not thee get to Queens. Bloomberg, as was said by his campaign people as he narrowly won: “This is hardly a mandate”. The NY Daily News wrote the other day this:
“Bloomberg’s people spent years giving favored developers public spaces, city subsidies, and friendly zoning for huge megaprojects – many of which stalled in the economic slowdown. The price will now come due.”
So, you think Queens is fair sailing, do you? Think again.
Yes, there is thought by others that Bloomberg might attempt to finish some of it up for his legacy. This MIGHT include Willet’s Point. However, as was seen in this last election for both NY and Nassau County, that expectations and results are two different things.
The answer, Charles Wang and the Lighthouse Project is:
Get your ass to negotiation and work out your differences. Something that was asked weeks before the hearing in August. Something refused by the Lighthouse publicly and privately. Well, that time is over. The Lighthouse Project was meant for Long Island. It belongs on Long Island. Two sides need to sit down and make it happen. There have been at least one meeting since Charles Wang and Kate Murray’s breakfast meeting. Hopefully there have been or will be more. Get it done.
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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.