New Wave Dems LB: Meet Ron Paganini. 62 year resident of Long Beach. Retired City employee and CSEA Union leader. You want someone to fight the corruption at City Hall? Ron is your man. We know he can do it, because he’s done it. Help us make Ron your next Long Beach City Councilman.
New Wave Dems LB: Meet Elizabeth Treston. You’d be hard pressed to find a more committed, compassionate or knowledgable advocate for the residents of Long Beach. An expert on resiliency and preparedness, Liz will bring civility, transparency and inclusion to the Long Beach City Council. Oh, and she was also Long Beach Herald’s 2018 Person of the Year. Next up, and with your help, she’ll be one of our Democratic candidates for Long Beach City Council.
“Moody’s Investors Service reduced the city’s bond rating from Baa1 to Baa2, two steps above junk bond status….
Moody’s downgraded Long Beach’s rating, citing a concern of city’s inability to manage its budget, city officials said. Moody’s also maintained its negative outlook on the city fiscally moving forward.”
“In what is shaping up to be a crowded City Council race this year, three longtime Long Beach residents announced Tuesday that they intend to run in a Democratic primary in June.
West End resident Liz Treston, a well-known community advocate and chair of the Long Beach Community Organizations Active in Disasters; Karen McInnis, a financial executive who also lives in the West End; and Ron Paganini, a retired city worker and local union leader; said in a news release that they plan to challenge incumbent City Council President Anthony Eramo and Vice President Chumi Diamond, who are up for re-election this year. [Long Beach Herald]
A 3-2 vote. Corporation Counsel Rob Agostisi, who donated to City Council President Anthony Eramo’s 2015 campaign, is now our new Acting City Manager [elections.ny.gov] [elections.ny.gov].
It amazes me how hard the search for City Manager has been for our elected officials. Good thing they’re just elected. That means we can get rid of the bad ones once the time comes (and it’s coming). Anyway, something definitely wrong is going on. The search shouldn’t be this hard. Do you know what would be easier? If us residents just elected a Mayor instead. I know folks say it will still be politics as usual, but at least a City Mayor would be the choice of the people. Not the mess that is happening now where John Bendo, the most popular councilman vote-wise isn’t even given a clue until the day of Agostisi’s appointment. With an elected Mayor, if our choice is bad, we either riot and overthrow the government or wait until next election like what we always do and VOTE.
Corporation Counsel Rob Agostisi, who has worked for our city for many years, is also on that questionable Separation Payout list, first published on this blog back in April 2018 [LINK: The 2.1 Million List]. Speaking of separation payouts, I am hoping New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is still working on that audit that he publicly tweeted about early last summer. I’m not going to hold my breath on that one though….
Hey Tom, how is that audit going? I called your office many times and even wrote a few letters, but never heard back. What about the Nassau DA? It must be some thorough audit since it’s taking this long!
Going back to the whole campaign donation thing at the top of this post: Is that something our city should disclose? Is disclosure like campaign contributions even required? When do ethics come into play? How does this all work? I ask these questions as a taxpaying resident questioning the actions of our elected officials. We don’t live in a monarchy or a dictatorship. I am allowed to ask these questions. Plus is is all public info, so there.
I really don’t want to bring this blog back. I absolutely love not paying attention, so don’t get used to these posts at all…. but……
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Another mural is currently being painted over at West End Automotive & Auto Body on W. Beech Street and Vermont Street. As a Star Wars nerd since the very beginning, words cannot describe how happy I am to see this.
Photos courtesy of Peter Scherer, who tells me more murals will be coming to Long Beach in the near future.