As the Islanders Rise will Kate Murray Fall?

Hockey fan or not, if you live on Long Island right now, you’ve probably heard about how well the Islanders are doing. Currently first in their division and first in their conference, the Islanders are only three points away from leading the entire NHL. This should be great news for Long Island and the town of Hempstead. Not exactly.

For those unaware, the New York Islanders will be moving to Brooklyn next season. This is a result of several botched attempts at trying to keep the Islanders in the Town of Hempstead. The most notable, was the failed Lighthouse Project. Originally proposed in 2003, the Lighthouse Project proposal called for a five-star hotel, convention centers, shopping areas, condos, restaurants and a new Coliseum.

The Lighthouse was rejected multiple times by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and the town’s zoning board, who continually cited the “size, scope and character” as major problems. Many Islander fans were furious, some claiming that Kate cared more about lining her own pockets, than the Islanders. One blogger wrote “Kate Murray and her Garden City Cronies killed the lighthouse deal. Wang (Islanders’ Owner) wanted to pay for the whole thing without Taxpayer money”. Another blogger wrote “If the Lighthouse Project were built with private funding, Kate and her Republican cronies would not have the patronage opportunities they crave with construction contracts, consulting, etc.”.

Despite the initial anger, it appeared Kate Murray was going to escape any political consequences, because at the time the Islanders announced they were leaving for Brooklyn in 2013, they weren’t doing all that well. Many frustrated fans shrugged it off. Many Long Islanders were being short sighted. They couldn’t see the benefit of keeping a losing team. Lucky for Kate, the Islanders’ poor playing coincided with her 2013 race for reelection & won pretty easily.

Things have changed.

Islanders have sold out ten home games this year, including the last four. The local restaurant “Champs” next to the Coliseum is booming with business every home game. More and more long islanders are returning to the coliseum, remembering why they loved this place so much. Only, in the back of their minds, they can’t help but think about how there are not too many of these moments left. That the clock is ticking before the Islanders leave Nassau, for Brooklyn.

Coincidentally, Kate Murray will be up for re-election, just a few weeks after the Islanders start the 2015/2016 hockey season in Brooklyn. Whoever challenges Kate, will surely pour salt on this old wound, and might even steal a victory as a result.

You can bet that as we get closer to the final Coliseum game, Long Islanders, especially ones living in the Town of Hempstead, will begin to re-examine how they let the Islanders slip away from them. They’re gonna start pointing fingers again.

It’s not impossible that the Islanders could win the Stanley Cup this year. They’ve beaten both the Kings & Rangers who were in it last year. If the Islanders raise the cup one last time at the coliseum, don’t be shocked if it’s the last time we see Kate Murray’s name on a ballot

12 thoughts on “As the Islanders Rise will Kate Murray Fall?

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  • April 29, 2015 at 7:51 pm
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    We agree. She shouldn’t be telling a successful businessman what is economically viable with his team and his own money. She doesn’t have the credentials. Now the county is losing its only draw.

  • March 3, 2015 at 7:53 am
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    Dopey Islander Fans. The same Islander fans that didn’t go to a single game for 10 years now want her to invest 200 million in taxpayer money. Ok…

    • April 20, 2015 at 5:51 pm
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      It was a PRIVATELY funded deal they rejected! Charles Wang and Scott Rechler proposed a $3.1billion dollar project to be COMPLETELY privately funded! NO TAXPAYERS money required!

      • May 7, 2015 at 6:55 pm
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        Not true

  • February 19, 2015 at 7:04 am
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    Please. Call her by her real name: miss piggy

  • January 22, 2015 at 12:06 pm
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    after the special vote ‘NO’ from the residence of nassau county , now the taxes went up 8% for every one on there taxes , and they said there was a cap and that would never happen , it had to happen , where is the county going to make up 23 million dollars in revenue every year , thats what the islanders brings to nassau county every year , plus all those businesses on hempstead tpke are all going to suffer , all because kate murray wanted kickbacks so she can feed her fat face , the marriot next to the cloiseum will be a ghost town , i hope the islanders go very deep in the playoffs that nassau county suffers , wang wanted to spend 4 billion of private money to renovate the area , she said NO … kate murray just buried nassau county , all because of GREED !!!!
    now the want a casino , who voted for this person , OMG somebody start the process of impeaching her !!!!!!!!!!!!

  • January 17, 2015 at 10:15 pm
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    Although I do agree with most of the points this article addresses I think the blogger is gay.

    • January 19, 2015 at 5:14 pm
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      What does that have to do with anything?

  • January 17, 2015 at 7:26 pm
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    The cow Murray and her cronies have guaranteed major tax hikes with the loss of revenue from the rent paid by islanders, taxes paid by the islanders, vendors and parking lot income. Let us not forget the hotel and restaurant who counted on the money made those attending and playing in the games.. Way to go …

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