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September 14, 2009 1:38 PM

Murray gives Wang mandates for Lighthouse

In possibly her best move yet, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray gave Islanders owner Charles Wang a list of mandates regarding the Lighthouse situation.

Last Friday, she sent him a letter saying she does not care for the October 3rd deadline, which Wang set. "As is always the case in town board decision-making, getting it done right is more important than getting it done fast," Murray told Newsday.

The mandates are:
-Making sure the Islanders play only at the Nassau Coliseum
-Prohibits Wang from seeking tax abatements, which affect the millions of dollars in taxes the project would generate
-Wang has to employ local workers and pay them prevailing wages
-Wang can not sell his development rights after winning zoning approval

Although many have painted a picture of Murray being the bad person in this mess, after stating these mandates, she clearly grabbed the hearts of Islanders fans by making sure the team stays on the island and that the initiative favors the needs of Long Island and its citizens.

(Photo Courtesy NYI)

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