Oh boy, this election is contentious! Case in point: Prospective Long Island assemblyman Dr. Dean Hart is accusing incumbent nominee Michael Montesano of not honoring homeland hero Billy Joel enough. Hart, a resident of Oyster Bay, has offered to spend up to $1 million to erect a marble statute of the singer in front of the newly redesigned Nassau Coliseum (Joel is set to play the reopening show there next April), but he says his opponent can’t even do the bare minimum to pay respects to Mr. Piano Man.
Montesano has apparently repeatedly failed to pass legislation to name a portion of a state road after the singer. “My opponent is either impotent or is simply not trying, because everyone loves Bill Joel,” Hart said, according to NY State Of Politics. “No wonder Albany is a mess, our representative can’t do something as simple as renaming a small portion of a road in Billy Joel’s backyard, where there’s near universal support.”
He continues: “Next to Teddy Roosevelt, Long Island really doesn’t have a more famous or popular person than Billy Joel. I can’t think of a better way to unite Long Islanders than by erecting this marbled monument before Billy opens up the new Coliseum in April.”
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