UPDATE X2: Hey, look! We actually learn stuff on this blog, even if some of the city code is complete bullshit.
Here is the bullshit section of the code that drives me nuts:
“Sec 20–15 Petitions and applications to the board
Every petition and application to the zoning board of appeals except renewal petitions and applications thereunder… [etc etc] [LINK]
Why would there be any exceptions? Especially for a project with such magnitude as iStar. The 11/20 iStar variance extension has been referred to me as a secret meeting after the ZBA by several residents. None of us are walking code books, so of course we all think something fishy is going on. Why would the government or ZBA even want us to think that in the first place?
Is there a legitimate reason why the code is written that way? There should not be any “what happens at the ZBA meeting stays at the ZBA meeting” allowed, right? This is the kind of stuff that starts those nasty rumors and makes those in charge look bad.
I am calling for a change in the code. Every decision should be on the Calendar and published for all to see. No exceptions. It’s all about being transparent.
[It looks like the code was last updated in 1957. In this modern copy&paste age where we don’t use typewriters, the repetitive stuff such as renewals should be published every time]
UPDATE: It’s apparently in the code that renewals don’t need to “adhere to the requirements of notifications, publications, postings, etc” – Captain Obvious in the comments.
The other day I posted how iStar was granted a six month extension at the November 20th, 2014 ZBA meeting. This rumor has been floating around for a while, yet it says nothing on the calendar and decisions. Well, unless Kayne West came in like the crying baby that he is and disrupted the ZBA, I’m not sure why such a huge decision would be left off. Behold the proof:
- The 11/20/24 ZBA Calendar
- The 11/20/14 ZBA Decision
- And below are missing minutes: (mystery solved?)
Case number 2367: Application of Shore Road,
24 Long Beach Superblock LLC of 1114 Avenue of the Americas,
25 New York, NY for a six (6) months extension of the
1 Variance granted by the Zoning Board of Appeals on
2 February 27, 2014 for a new mixed residential/commercial
3 development on the property bordered by East Broadway,
4 Riverside Boulevard, the Ocean Beach Park and Long Beach
5 Boulevard, Long Beach, NY also known as Section 59, Block
6 116, Lot 38 on the Nassau County Land and Tax Map.
7 Who will introduce a motion on this application?
8 COMMISSIONER BYTHEWOOD: Move to grant.
9 SECRETARY LYNCH: Commissioner Bythewood has
10 made a motion to grant. Who will second?
11 COMMISSIONER FEILER: I will second that.
12 SECRETARY LYNCH: Commissioner Feiler has
13 seconded the motion.
14 Commissioner Lomonte?
15 COMMISSIONER LOMONTE: Deny.
16 SECRETARY LYNCH: Commissioner Bythewood?
17 COMMISSIONER BYTHEWOOD: Grant.
18 SECRETARY LYNCH: Commissioner Acevedo?
19 COMMISSIONER ACEVEDO: Grant.
20 SECRETARY LYNCH: Commissioner Banschick?
21 COMMISSIONER BANSCHICK: Grant.
22 SECRETARY LYNCH: Commissioner Feiler?
23 COMMISSIONER FEILER: Grant.
24 SECRETARY LYNCH: Commissioner Leonetti?
25 COMMISSIONER LEONETTI: Grant.
1 SECRETARY LYNCH: Chairman Morelli?
2 CHAIRMAN MORELLI: Grant.
3 SECRETARY LYNCH: This application has been