Two stellar sources have gotten back to me on the status of the Lighthouse Project in Nassau County.
Confirms that the Lighthouse Project has indeed stopped paying FP Clark.
LHP owes FP Clark over $200K. FP Clark and the Town are still waiting for more backup for the LHP’s claim that the project will generate only 1,500 extra rush hour car trips…something they had a HUGE problem with at the hearing. The LHP still has not answered this.
Instead, LHP is claiming that since NYS Dept. of Transportation is fine with the LHP’s traffic studies, so should the Town of Hempstead be. They say the Town should just accept the State DOT’s word for it that traffic is not a problem.
However, per that source, the Town of Hempstead will not do so. Their reasoning: the numbers from the traffic study do not add up, according to FP Clark.
Per source #1, agreeing to my own take: Yes, things seem to be at a standstill.
Source #2 also agreed with everything from source #1 and my original piece on FP Clark, who has not been paid. So that is now three sources citing FP Clark has not been paid.
Seems about right. Just because the State says it’s ok, means little.
Look at the MTA who needed payroll tax earlier this year to avoid problems. They got it, now are still cutting services and have a huge budget hole.
Just because they say it is ok is not enough. And that is just one example.
LHP is playing games. Plain and simple. They know we (the ToH) are entitled to the study, why the delay? Afraid of the results? Traffic is big issue. If the State DOT was right, then Clarks numbers will mirror them.
Town board is willing to do the project, of a magnitude larger than you think. However, the LHP is doing stuff like this.
Could their issue really be financing?
Whatever the reasoning behind it, it is all very strange. The Lighthouse Project, you know…the people who asked for all the fans support and talked to the media habitually like a coked up Thai hooker, has been on media silent mode since Charles Wang “date of certainty” which was always considered by many…impossible to ever meet. Since then, silence yet all sorts of confusing stories and rumors. But, if we look at actions, perhaps the tale is clearer. Perhaps there has been an internal implosion (LI Press story), and a complete inability by them to even make the Town Board vote on the project.
If the Lighthouse Project fails here and closes down shop without making the Town of Hempstead to actually officially vote YES or NO….you know…the mantra they demanded all summer, than it stands that they themselves somehow have failed to live up to their end of the bargain. That they failed to make the ToH and Republican party be the one to make the decisions.
Instead, we are left with odd stories. Like business owners who are reportedly being told by Scott Rechler that they are indeed done on Long Island. Blogs citing Brooklyn as if this was somehow a desired destination for Charles Wang to end up a tenant to the one man who helped hurt his project, Bruce Ratner, when he won the bid over him for the NJ Nets. Queens, the former rumor du jour, who got very quiet when it became clear that many others would be vying for that space as well.
Where is the Lighthouse leadership? Where is this voice who told fans to show up? Who gave out hats and t-shirts? Who were at Islander games? Where is Charles Wang? Where is some common sense, communication and some situation ownership? Did it all fade at the hearing back in August. Ever since that date, the Lighthouse Project seemed to cease being an option and has since become a silent comedy.
Time to speak up, ladies and gentlemen. Time to speak up Charles. And not through your former speech writer. Time to speak up with your own voice or pen directly to fans. Tell them what is going on…or handle what is beginning to look like your mess.