Kudos to the Long Beach Zoning Board for having the guts to deny iStar Financial an extension, rendering their superblock foundation permit invalid. iStar recently tried to pull a fast one by pretending work was underway the other day, but it was a little too late (sorry, pals.) Now work has stopped and iStar plans on following through with their lawsuit for $100 million against our city.
In 2014 at The Park Sports bar & Grill (now called The Junction) residents were told by executive vice president of iStar Karl Frey how the project was shovel ready, only to find out a year later about the tax abatement request of $120 million for 20 years. I personally know many residents who claim they were lied to and changed their mind on development once they heard about the tax abatement. iStar is also claiming how the Nassau IDA would have given them the abatement if Long Beach wrote a letter of support. If that’s an official claim, then they must prove that in court. Who led them on? Who in the Nassau IDA told them they were waiting for our blessing?
The bottom line is this: iStar should have been honest upfront with us residents and told us from the beginning how they were seeking the tax breaks. It’s their fault that we’re in this situation and now we have to pay for their greediness.
In the meantime, iStar shareholders should sell their stock. Who would want to own a greedy company that’s in the business of destroying communities? Especially a community that was hit hard with Superstorm Sandy and still trying to get back to normal.
Several readers have been sending me photos and tidbits regarding the recent movement that has been happening on the Superblock. The photo posted above which was taken today shows a tremendous pile driver.
A reader named Jim tells me: “Guess they [iStar] are trying to get stuff in before their 1 year (that lasted 3 years) variance expires and before the upcoming meeting. “
It certainly sounds like it. The ZBA will vote on the variance this Thursday which will determine if the iStar building permit expired. iStar are going to do their best to show us how they already started construction. Here is another example of iStar trying to build their case, but really being nothing, but the assholes they really are. Just recently iStar served Long Beach with a $100 million dollar lawsuit because they claim our city has not supported their tax break request. I have posted the entire summons here [link].
I saw this the other day, but never shared it. I have no idea what the situation was, but since this was publicly posted and shared a million times already, I might as well just go for it. It’s from Kristin Thorne of ABC NEWS
DO NOT CONTINUE READING IF YOU DON’T LIKE PROFANITY
The History of all this: Liar liar pants on fire Karl Frey, Executive Vice President of iStar Financial lied to us Long Beach residents back in 2014 when he sold many of us on the iStar project by never mentioning their plan to seek a tax abatement. At The Park, Liar liar Pants on fire Karl Frey told us the project was shovel ready with funds that were readily available.
What happened next had us residents furious.
After getting approval to build by convincing us they needed to add a few extra stories to make the project financially feasibly, iStar never broke ground. They project remained silent until it came out that they were seeking $127 million in tax breaks from the Nassau County IDA. That was rejected, so iStar tried again for $109 million. That was also rejected and rightfully so. Why would Nassau County IDA give iStar tax breaks on ultra rare waterfront property smack in the middle of a beach community that is walking distance to the LIRR?
So where are we today?
“It is with a great deal of reluctance that iStar filed this suit today,” said Karl Frey, iStar’s executive vice president. “For nearly a decade, we’ve worked closely with the city of Long Beach to create a development plan that would be both economically viable and provide extraordinary benefits to the city and its residents.” [NEWSDAY]
Yep. The Long Beach woes continue…. iStar Financial is suing us for $100 million for not publicly supporting their IDA request (That is complete bullshit. Below is a photo of City Councilman Anthony Eramo publicly speaking in favor of the project). IStar Financial has to be one of the dumbest fucking assbent over backwards companies out there. The Residents will respond to this. Meanwhile, the cost of construction keeps going up uP UP. Honest, Karl Frey, you are a fucking stupid and mean asshole. If I were an iStar shareholder, I would be pissed.
It’s official. Bernadette Martin of the Kennedy Plaza Farmer’s Market will be the new owner of Bob’s Natural Foods (104 W Park Avenue.) I spoke to Bernadette last week and she’s extremely excited with this new endeavor. I trust she’s going to serve the legacy of Bob’s well. Thank you, Bob. You created an institution in Long Beach that I think all of us are really grateful for.
I woke up this morning with a song playing in my head, “To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven.” It was the one song, back in the tumultuous 60’s, that always resonated deeply in my heart. Pete Seeger was the original composer of it in 1952, taking the lyrics from the Book of Ecclesiastes. One might say that it was divinely inspired.
Call I divine or serendipity, I didn’t choose my path; it chose me when I opened the store in the West End in 1975, 43 years ago. Over the years I have made many new friends…and lost many old friends. I cherish them all.
Now, the walls echo with the laughter of the grand children of my first customers.
To everything there is a season….
And so…my season has ended…and a new familiar face will be greeting you, as Bernadette Martin, who has brought Green Markets throughout New York and Long Island, is now the new owner of Bob’s Natural Foods.
From the time we first spoke, we knew she was the one.
… and a time for every purpose under heaven.
I was asked to share the following for Sam Pinto, candidate for the Long Beach School Board Trustee. Election day is today. Go out there and vote if you haven’t yet!
Today is a critical day in the City of Long Beach as we cast our votes for the budget and School Board Trustees. I wanted to reach out & ask you to cast your vote for me! Sam Pinto 1C
The school system is a critical part of our community, and it’s taxes have the largest impact on our cost of living. Long Beach is facing many challenges as of late and I believe the time is now to shift the status quo. These times of political “clubhouse” and “special interests” superseding the needs of its residents must come to a full stop. Sadly this also holds true for OUR school district.
First & foremost, I am running for the children in OUR community. The school system is most important foundation for their success.
There is currently not one parent of young children serving on our board. That perspective is critical to help balance the vision and direction of the district. I have 3 young children and along with many other parents, I want to make sure that they are given the tools to be successful.
I have a vested interest in their future as both a parent and a taxpayer, making sure that our hard earned tax dollars go to their success and not special interests.
Children are multidimensional they need a balance of structured learning and free play. This will help them learn responsibility and coping skills. They are naturally inquisitive learners, and we need to promote critical thinking and preparation for life’s challenges. There are better ways to gauge achievement than high risk standardized tests. I believe in teaching towards the whole child, not tests. We need to continue to encourage social and emotional growth. In older grades, we need to offer additional pathways, regardless of specific needs and special abilities, this includes academic programs and vocational skills that prepare for their successful futures.
Safety, Safety, Safety.
Safety always comes first. As a dedicated first responder, I know the importance of that. My experience will help cultivate an environment where our children, staff and family’s feel safe at school. The topics of bullying, mental health, opioid crisis or acts of violence are real concerns. My focus on safety will promote real programs and measures to keep everyone safe.
My experience in public service as a civic leader, library trustee and community advocate will help ensure that our district will continue to honest and financially responsible. I have stood alongside fellow residents as we fought against overdevelopment, unfair tax breaks and medical services on the barriar island. Our school district is key stakeholder in our community, and I look forward to continue advocating from that position as well.
“Full video on News 12 involving contractor fraud. Its been over a year since our advocates & effected families started advocating for attention on what has now become a rampant issue. NYS laws as well as NASSAU & SUFFOLK counties (Suffolk has plenty too) need to change laws that benefits CONSUMERS.
Many thanks to Nassau county legislator Denise Ford, who not only met with us, continued to listen to those affected, held meetings than took the action we asked for. If others would have taken action earlier on maybe hundreds of cases could have been spared. We will be meeting again next week.”