MELVILLE, NY-Long Island community advocates, business minds, government leaders, educators and analysts recently convened at RexCorp Executive Park as The Lighthouse Steering Committee. The support group was recently formed to provide insight, support and feedback to the Lighthouse Development Team on the $2 billion transformation of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum site into a suburban center, as recently reported. The group has taken on the role of advisor to the Lighthouse Development Group LLC as it moves through the process of revitalizing the 77-acres at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Committee members will serve as public liaisons, as part of the project’s Community Outreach Program, to ensure that the public clearly understands the project, its impacts and its benefits to the future of Long Island. Members of the committee were welcomed to the meeting by Charles Wang, founder of the Lighthouse Project and owner of the New York Islanders and Dragons, who sees the Lighthouse as a once in a lifetime chance to create something special for future generations of Long Islanders.

A source close to the project tells that the meeting was a success and brought everyone together to discuss the project. “Everyone was feeling positive and look forward to the opportunity ahead,” the source says.

Scott Rechler, chairman and CEO of RexCorp Realty LLC, and partner in the Lighthouse Development Group, presented the current status of the project and discussed the importance of the project to the region. “It is impressive that Charles Wang, Scott Rechler and the Lighthouse team are reaching out to local village officials, community leaders and chambers of commerce,” notes Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island, in a release. “Too often large projects are planned without local community input. It is our expectation that this diverse committee will guide the development team toward the best possible way of reaching out to the local decision makers whose input is critical to the passage of this important and visionary project.”

The source tells that the committee is in the process of deciding on who will be on which subcommittees. Subcommittees will address planning, traffic, transportation, the environment and economic development and should be decided within the next few weeks. The source also notes that the group will meet as regularly as possible to follow and provide input into the Lighthouse Project’s progress, development of the Master Plan, status of regulatory approvals, and community outreach.

Recent additions to the committee include Senator Charles Schumer’s Long Island representative Matt Cohen, Nassau Community College President Dr. Sean Fanelli, Town of Oyster Bay Deputy Supervisor Leonard Genova, LIPA Chairman and Suffolk County Deputy Executive Kevin Law, Uniondale school board President Casilda Roper-Simpson and Town of North Hempstead Deputy Supervisor Christopher Senior.

“By bringing together representatives from different interest groups, it will give the Lighthouse Development Team helpful resources to ensure the success of the project,” says Richard Bivone, president of the Nassau County Chambers of Commerce. “I look forward to addressing the needs of Nassau County in bringing the Lighthouse Project to fruition.”

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