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Merry Christmas? '11th-hour' lease may give Wang revenue flexibility

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A new sub-lease approved by out-going Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi may finally let the Islanders control arena revenues related to their team.

"And finally, know this: Brooklyn is very much in play. Queens is very much in play, although...

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"And finally, know this: Brooklyn is very much in play. Queens is very much in play, although it’s a close second to Brooklyn now. Suffolk is not a serious option. The Islanders will not leave the New York metropolitan area during this generation or the next one."

>>from Chris Botta's latest assessment of the Lighthouse Project. Just thought that was worth capturing and sharing with followers of other teams. Here's hoping...

Wang's Lighthouse deadline passes, script of mistrust continues

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The concerns about a move increased after Charles Wang's Oct. 3 Lighthouse Project "deadline" passed, but it's just another step in a long line of moves based on mistrust.

LHinks: Islanders camp roster, Lighthouse Project crisis edition

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A round-up of frightening news about the Lighthouse Project, just before training camp and a critical zoning hearing.

Hope, at last, for Lighthouse Project?

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Lots of happy talk coming out of today's meeting. And Chris Botta's interpretation of Tom Suozzi's comments today: It's on everyone's shoulders now, and (Botta's words) "The message was clear: everyone needs to stop making this all about [Kate] Murray." We'll see. No one was born yesterday to think a little meeting is all that was needed. But as long as the parties are talking -- that's the most important positive step at this point. Wang's October "deadline" cleared? Heh. Heh. But reason to see a route forward? Yes. So many steps between now and the end point, so many chances for more spin and feigned offense. But talking -- not "talk," mind you, but talking -- is good. Negotiation = progress. Update: Newsday's coverage here.

The week in Lighthouse Project news/views

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With the local Long Island political season kicking off, it was a busy week of news, views and entrenchments for Islanders owner Charles Wang's Lighthouse Project.

"Why would the developers and members of their team, me and members of my team - all busy people -...

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"Why would the developers and members of their team, me and members of my team - all busy people - have shown up after having changed their schedules if they didn't think Kate Murray was going to be there?" he said. "There have been too many instances of her saying [that] she can't go to a meeting, it's not proper - and now, she can go but it's not the right time?"

>>Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi discussing Kate Murray's latest absence from a Lighthouse Project meeting.

Lighthouse meeting reactions

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I'm sure more reflections will come out in the days ahead, but here are some initial reactions to yesterday's Lighthouse Project outreach meeting, where some 1,000 were in attendance. Newsday:...

Local politics heat up around Lighthouse Project

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Why do I feel like what could be a fun Summer of Tavares (or Hedman) will instead be overshadowed by a growing sandstorm of ugly politics? Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray are both up for election this year, from opposite parties, and from increasingly contrasting views on the Lighthouse Project. Overt yet indirect stimulus-related shots are being fired, with Murray still pushing Coliseum renovation as if it could stand on its own. Very thorough takes from Nick at Let There be Light(house) and B.D. at IslandersIndependent, who appropriately finds it reminiscent of the ending of Reservoir Dogs. I have always assumed things will get done somehow, some way, but the voices of locals who told me just how inbred the politics can be always ring in the back of my head.

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