8:00 pm - Charles Wang said tonight what this blog and many others have reported for months: there has been no communication between the Lighthouse Development Corp. and Hempstead officials since the last public hearing in September. There also have been no discussions with Nassau County since the election.
“October 3rd, I said that was the date,” Wang told Howie Rose on MSG Network during the first intermission. “There has been communication with Town, County or anyone else. We’ll look at all our options. Our hope and our love is Nassau County, Long Island.”
Wang added for the umpteenth time, “I have an application to the Town. Tell me yes or tell me know.” Asked if there has been any change with new County Executive Ed Mangano in charge, Wang said, “How would I know? We haven’t spoken with anyone.”
While he refused to discuss the arena or potential for re-location any further, the Islanders owner was bullish on the state of his hockey team’s rebuilding program.
“I think it’s been wonderful,” he said, naming the club’s recent top draft picks and pickups Rob Schremp and Matt Moulson. “The kids have added a new kind of energy to the team. I think we’re a little bit ahead. There’s a great chemistry there.”
Asked if the Islanders could add salary to improve the current team and get them into the playoffs, Wang said, “Yes. That’s a decision Garth will make. We’re very supportive of Garth.” Then he said he wouldn’t want to see the Islanders make a trade that negatively affects the building of the team. “It takes time,” Wang said.
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