I am a Long Beach resident and found out just this morning via Facebook posts of an article in today’s Newsday that there is a hearing this Tuesday at 4PM on the application for tax relief by LBH249LLC. According to the letters I found on the IDA’s website “The purpose of the public hearing is to provide all interested parties with a reasonable opportunity, both orally and in writing, to present their views with respect to the project.”There is nothing on the City of Long Beach website or FB page about this meeting. No residents have been notified to my knowledge except if they read today’s Newsday or saw the FB posts about today’s Newsday. Regardless of one’s view on the project or tax assistance, the notice of this public hearing is completely inadequate — I’d daresay that at least 95% of LB’s residents still have no notice of the application or hearing. That inadequacy is compounded by the proposed time of the meeting — Long Beach is a community where most people work and are not able to be home for a 4PM public meeting (let alone one where they have at most 2 days’ notice).I request that you immediately postpone this meeting for not less than 2 weeks to ensure that actual adequate notice is provided and a time is set that will fulfill the purpose outlined in your letter.Thank you,[All the Long Beach Residents]
John Bendo (D) 4,617 votes
Scott Mandel (D) 3,407 votes
Chumi Diamond (D) 3,113 votes
Christoper Jones (R) 3,058 votes
Bill Haas (R) 3,032 votes
Leah Rosensweig-Tozer (R) 2,874 votes
Allison Blanchette (G) 921 votes
Joseph Naham (G) 441 votes
- Democrat Laura Curran declares victory as our new County Executive.
- For the Hempstead Supervisor, Democrat Laura Gillen declares victory over incumbent Anthony Santino.
- Our City Manager Jack Schnirman is now Nassau Comptroller. That means Long Beach now needs a new City Manager.
- Oh and here are some numbers on the City Council race. I will post more later once they all become official.
10:53pm – I am still waiting for official numbers, but it sounds like Bendo and Mandel got the most votes, which would have them serve 4 years on City Council. Chumi came in third, which means she will only serve two years before seeking re-election again. That is assuming none of these candidates decide to run for higher office during their tenure.
10:41pm – The winners are John Bendo, Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond.
10:40pm – Democrats sweep the election (rumor)
10:30pm – Still waiting for more results. Hang on tight!
10:22pm – John Bendo won. Who are the other two?
10:21pm – I’m hearing that John Bendo won a seat.
9:56pm – “The waiting is the hardest part” – Tom Petty
9:54pm – I’ll update this with whatever.
The election bracket is set. Tuesday, November 7th is the day we’ve all been waiting for. Three Long Beach City Council seats are up for grabs. With nine candidates running,
many some perhaps one of you is wondering who I plan on voting for.
These are my picks. You don’t have to agree with me. That’s fine. I don’t care.
The following guest post is of the opinion of Roy J. Lester and not of Anthony & Seabythecity.com.
By Roy J. Lester
A lot of people have asked me how I am voting this year and when I tell them I am splitting my vote between Democrats and Republicans they always ask why. The truth is that there are three seats available on the Long Beach City Council this year and it is one of our most important elections this City has ever seen! The direction of this City for the next few decades will be decide tomorrow at the polls.
We are at the crucial crossroads of deciding between preserving our quality of life or selling out to the big developers who stand to make hundreds of millions of dollars jamming up every square foot of waterfront with high rise buildings. There is no question that there are residents of this town that will benefit greatly from this type of development. Anyone in the building trades, if they are lucky enough to get a contract, will do very well. Deli’s and luncheonettes will do well while the workers are here. Real Estate brokers will make fortunes brokering the thousands of apartments that will be on the market. It is only the average citizen who will be screwed! The poor guy looking for a parking place after a long day at work. Developers and brokers don’t care if he has to park 5 blocks away. Developers and brokers won’t care when it turns out the water and sewer system can’t support all the additional density. They will have already made their money and will be long gone by the time we see all the problems these additional apartments cause.
Anyone who is not living in a cave has seen the direction the City has been going in under under the current administration. The 17 story building that they tried to jam down our throats (on top of an insulting hundreds of millions of dollars tax break) was just the start. Does anybody think that once a 17 story building is built that the other buildings won’t see the advantage of reaching for the sky and change all of their two-story buildings into 17 or 19 stories. (Everyone knows that the Haberman building was originally supposed to be 19 1/2 stories.)
To picture this, I ask anybody who lives anywhere near the water just to look down the block, see the tallest building they can find and then imagine that building at 3 times that height! Or look on the City’s website for the “comprehensive plan”. The pictures alone show you the 12 eight story buildings that they are envisioning along the bay front. And how does the average citizen benefit from that massive density increase? The truth is they don’t. But the political contributions to the current administration from those developers sure helps someone. No wonder the party is so willing to sell out the people.
It is clear where continuing with the current administration will lead us. Both Chris Jones and William Haas have spoken out against this type of development. Unfortunately their running mate Leah Tozer has published articles advocating the comprehensive plan and stands to benefit greatly from overdevelopment of the City regardless of how her current “politically opportunistic” stance. John Bendo has been steadfast against this over development even before he ever thought of running for City Council. Consistency in positions is something that I greatly admire. Contrast that with Tozer’s “politically beneficial for the moment” position. Chumi and Scott’s positions are well known. It is not about the Town, it is about the tribute. But that is probably why the County Democratic leadership forced them on the City. Just look at the massive contributions they get from the unions and developers that will benefit from these projects.
Tomorrow is a big day. Tomorrow we have the opportunity to decide our future! Tomorrow we have the opportunity to decide the direction of this City! Either you decide it or others without your interest at heart will do that for you. Get out and VOTE.
-Roy J Lester
We all see those NY CONVENTION stickers on cars and lawn signs all over town. What’s that all about? Well, there are going to be three proposals on the ballot this year. Newsday weighs in, suggesting we all vote YES for all three. So here they are below. What do you folks think?
- PROPOSAL 1: Should the state hold a constitutional convention to amend its constitution? Newsday is saying we should vote YES for this because our system is broke and unethical, so voting YES will apparently fix it. Quite honestly, if you read their reasoning, you would want to vote YES as well. They present a very convincing argument. Read more on their editorial HERE.
- PROPOSAL 2: Proposal Two would allow public pensions to be stripped from officials convicted of job-related corruption. “The urgent need for this reform was highlighted by the recent news that disgraced former Suffolk County police Chief James Burke is collecting an annual pension of $145,485. Former Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota, indicted on charges involving the cover-up of Burke’s beating of a man who stole a duffel bag from Burke’s SUV, also would keep his pension if convicted.” [NEWSDAY] NO BRAINER. PLEASE VOTE YES FOR THIS ONE.
- PROPOSAL 3: Has to do with easing up on maintenance in the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve. This one is tough. While industrialization and shopping centers take over NY, I love the idea of “forever wild” and keeping an area sacred. Not living in the Adirondacks, it’s hard to gauge what the actual situation is. I would love to hear some feedback on this one.