|Charles B. Wang speaks to Town of Hempstead Board Members |
The Town of Hempstead Board Members voted unanimously on Tuesday afternoon to adopt a final scope for a Draft Generic Environmental Impact statement for the Lighthouse Project. The vote keeps the Lighthouse Project moving forward.
Immediately following the Town of Hempstead public meeting, the Lighthouse Development Group submitted to the Town the Draft Generic Environmental Impact Statement (DGEIS) which thoroughly covers the studies outlined in the scope.
“We’re truly excited with today’s developments at the Town of Hempstead town meeting,” said Islanders Owner Charles B. Wang. “This is another step in expediting the process towards our final goal of completing the Lighthouse Project.”
Islanders fans and project supporters came out in droves to support the Lighthouse Project, which includes a completely transformed Nassau Coliseum.
“It’s really important for the team and the area to have the Lighthouse created,” said longtime Islanders fan Dominick Muscatelli, who came to the Town Meeting to show his support. “Long Island needs something to rally around and something spectacular like this would be it.”
Council members Dorothy L. Goosby, Edward A. Ambrosino, James Darcy, Anthony J. Santino, Angie M. Cullin and Gary Hudes voted 6-0 to take the next step towards the final approval of the Lighthouse Project. Town Supervisor Kate Murray was absent from proceedings, but issued a statement in support of the steps needed to move closer to approving the Lighthouse.
“I am proud that my town staff appreciates the importance of this step in the process,” Murray wrote in a statement announced at the Town Meeting. “This is a key step in the process of considering the most significant development proposal in the Hempstead Town in a generation.”
News outlets, including: News 12, Ch.55, African American Media Network and Newsday covered the meeting, which included dozens of speakers who addressed board members in support of the Lighthouse Project—which estimated to provide 20,000 permanent jobs upon completion.
“Speaking as a hockey mom, for more than 25 years, my family has attended Islanders hockey games,” said Town of Hempstead resident Laura Schultz to the board members. “My children have grown up, but the Coliseum and its surrounding area has not. In these unprecedented economic times, thousands of Long Island families need jobs to stay on Long Island. I ask you to please approve the scoping document for the Lighthouse Project and make every effort to move this process along as quickly as possible.
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