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Bettman Appears At Town Meeting
To Support Lighthouse Project
COMMUNITY SUPPORT: Islanders GM Garth Snow, who attended yesterday's meeting, said that with "salary-cap limitations and tough economic times ... the organization could greatly benefit from the appeal of a new arena." Snow: "We have to treat our organization like a small-market team. A project like this would bring a totally different dynamic to our organization. I want a state-of-the-art building that allows us to get key free agents or keep our own free agents-to-be" (NEWSDAY, 8/5). NEWSDAY's Eden Laikin reports "one after another," speakers at the hearing urged Hempstead officials to "approve the project -- and do it now." The first two hours of the hearing "appeared to continue an early-morning pro-Lighthouse rally at" Nassau Coliseum (NEWSDAY, 8/5).
GREAT DAY FOR ISLANDERS: NEWSDAY's Herrmann writes, "I went to a Hempstead Town Board meeting yesterday and a hockey game broke out. What's more, the Islanders won, big." The hearing was a "public referendum on the future of the Islanders," and the people "spoke, loudly." Herrmann: "They want the team to stay and they want it badly." Herrmann writes one should credit Wang "with having the genius to make his $4[B] proposal tied inextricably to the Islanders' future" (NEWSDAY, 8/5).