State Senator Todd Kaminsky calls for outside investigator

From last Tuesday’s city council meeting:

NEWSDAY:  State Sen. Todd Kaminsky calls for probe of Long Beach employee payouts

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky Tuesday night called on Long Beach to hire an outside investigator to review separation payments made to current and former city employees

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“I believe some of the issues front and center before the council regarding separation payments have reached a suffocating point,” Kaminsky told council members at the meeting. “People are frustrated in their inability to get answers. Every taxpayer has a right to know what happens with their tax dollars.”

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Residents at the meeting called for a federal investigation because, they said, they did not trust State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli as a former backer of Schnirman. Kaminsky said he had no reason to doubt the comptroller and district attorney’s findings. [NEWSDAY]

I knew it! [Open Air Trolley]

Here is an update to my last post:  PSA: THE OPEN AIR TROLLEY ROUTE IS NOT WHAT YOU THINK

It’s crazy how long I’ve been blogging trolley problems. If the new route looped Maple Blvd/Park to Nevada/Beech, I would totally be fine with that. Just make it a business route. You hop on. You hop off.  Make it reliable and call it a day. Advertise at the LIRR and you’ll get some of the train folks to spend money in the West End. Isn’t that the ultimate goal here?   [I WISH I got paid for this…… ]  

PSA: The Open Air Trolley route is not what you think

Both days last weekend my family, out of town friends and I waited in the East End for the open air trolley. We had suitcases full of money, eager to spend it all in the West End. All of it. Like billions of dollars pouring out of our suitcases. The trolley never came. We were sad.

Both of those days I kept asking my LB friends on facebook for  trolley updates, if they saw it, etc. All the info was confusing – none  coincided with the two trolley routes I found on the official Long Beach website, including one that hasn’t been updated since 2014 [link].

Well today it’s all been figured out.  Allison of Long Island Streets managed to find the trolley, took it for a ride and confirmed everything: The Trolley is only looping between the bus station on Park to Nevada in the West End.  So there you go. If you live in the East End, no trolley for you. No spending those East End suitcases full of money at those West End restaurants and stores. 

Be on the lookout for an announcement for a special meeting Friday, July 13th at 9am regarding the next City Manager

UPDATE: FRIDAY THE 13th. Long Beach really is a horror show….

Attention residents and media: Be on the lookout for an announcement for a special meeting Friday, July 13th at 9am regarding the next City Manager. The announcement is apparently happening tonight. This is not official, so keep refreshing the city page. A resident and friend  told me the following after hearing about this sneaky meeting:

This is precisely the opposite of what most engaged citizens requested. We all wanted someone who is non-partisan, unattached, who could bring some order and function to the management of the city and its finances. If they do this I would like to barrage the Herald with letters to the editor regarding the failure of our city council members to respond to constituent demand. So much for transparency.

 

What a way to run our government

The Rumor: A secret meeting this Friday to announce our next city manager. I heard the same, but for now this is nothing, but a rumor. I really hope it’s not true, because that would be a really sad way to run our government.

If true… then Long Beach is done. Destroyed. Finito. The future of Long Beach will be the following:

The only residents who live here will be those who work for the city and use the tax revenue as a piggy bank. The rest of the folks living here will just be seasonal, airbnb tourists or that couple who just lives here for a year or two, with no intentional of settling down.

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