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Charles Wang Discusses Lighthouse Project, Islanders' Future

Wang Discusses Lighthouse Project, Islanders'
Future On Long Island During Radio Show
Islanders Owner Charles Wang yesterday appeared in-studio during WFAN-AM's "Boomer & Carton" show yesterday to discuss the issues surrounding the Lighthouse Project and the franchise's long-term future on Long Island. When asked whether he regrets purchasing the franchise, which has had four losing seasons during his nine years of ownership, Wang said, "If I had to do it again, I wouldn't do it." Wang added he bought the team "because the fear was that they would move from Long Island." Wang has long tried to begin work on his proposed Lighthouse Project, which would include a new Islanders arena, and he said he hopes the politics of Nassau County do not prevent the project from happening. Wang: "I hope that everybody comes to realize how important it is for us to grow on Long Island." Wang added what he would "like to have is, after seven some years, certainty on where we are going by the beginning of this coming hockey season, about six months from now." Wang: "I am committed to making sure that we can try to do it for Long Island. ... In October, if I do not have certainty, I will look at all options." Wang also noted the county owns Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the land, making it their responsibility to renovate the coliseum ("Boomer & Carton," WFAN-AM, 4/15).

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