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Video by Hempstead's Murray appears to tout Lighthouse

Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray stopped just short of saying, for the first time, that she supports the proposed Lighthouse project as she spoke in a 14-minute town-made video now online discussing the town's role in reviewing the plan.

In the video, Murray calls the proposal - which would include a mixed-use community around a renovated Nassau Coliseum - "innovative" and says she and the town board are "dedicated to progressive and forward-looking development" at the Lighthouse site.

But she added that it is imperative that environmental and other reviews of the project be "thorough and comprehensive."

Town of Hempstead's YouTube channel

"The decisions made by government officials today will affect our children and our grandchildren," Murray says in the video. "This [project] has the potential to reshape suburbia. We have to make sure it's done right."

The video, produced in a talk-show format with Murray being interviewed by her spokesman, Michael Deery, has been uploaded to YouTube.

It provides a brief overview of the Lighthouse proposal and outlines the town's state-mandated environmental review. It also invites Long Islanders to attend an Aug. 4 public hearing on concerns about how the project may impact the area and the environment.

The project proposes a 24/7 community with housing, stores and offices on 150 acres surrounding the Coliseum.

"Many residents are unaware of the town's responsibilities in reviewing the proposal, and neighbors want to know where the Lighthouse plan stands at this point," she said.

Murray acknowledges on camera that the state-mandated review process may at times "seem arcane and taking a long time."

For much of the 18 months that the plan has been under town review, the Lighthouse principals have accused Murray of dragging her feet on the town's approval process. Murray has said the town has moved on the review in "record time."

Lighthouse principal Charles Wang, owner of the New York Islanders, has set a self-imposed deadline of Oct. 3 - the start of the hockey season - for the town to decide what can be built at the site.

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