It will cost us $178,500 (our budget for this is actually $154,000), But Long Beach Finally has a Comptroller

A what?

Comptroller (noun): a public official who audits government accounts and sometimes certifies expenditures

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/comptroller

Yep! After two long years we finally got one!

“Acting City Manager Rob Agostisi hired Nassau Community College vice president of finance Inna Reznik to oversee the city’s finances and help prepare next year’s budget.

Reznik, 48, of Bellmore, will be paid $178,500 and start her new job on July 8. Her hiring does not require city council approval, but she met with several council members before she was hired. The comptroller has to live within 50 miles of Long Beach.

Read more at Newsday.com: Long Beach hires comptroller after two-year vacancy 

Meet Tim Kramer, Democratic Candidate for Long Beach City Council [Election 2019]

Seven democrats are running for Long Beach City Council this year. A Primary Election on June 25th will narrow that number down to just three. I decided to send some questions over to a few of these candidates to find out more about them. First up is Tim Kramer, a democrat who is running independently from any party collective. Enjoy!

Hi, Tim. Please tell us about yourself and your involvement with our community.

I’ve been living here for 33 years. My wife and I own a home where we raise our two boys Cooper (14) and Chase (8). They both attend the Long Beach Public Schools. C and L Auto Leasing and Sales is my locally owned business servicing the tri-state area (and the Mom’s group on Facebook) for 32 years. My entire family was greatly involved with the Magnolia Park Rebuild 6 years ago among various other civic improvement projects: Beach Clean Up, Planting trees in the Dunes, Planting with West End Arts and Home Sweet Home, etc. We try to get involved with as many small projects as we can. Our family participates in the many fundraising efforts established in our community: Polar Bear, Michelle O’niell, The Curb Bike Ride, Good Karma food Drive, Let’s Walk, Let’s Talk and pretty every school fundraiser. I find great pleasure coaching both Little League Baseball and Bulldogs Football for the past few years.

In 2017 I established a local charity: Waves of Hope. Waves of Hope has brought our community together in countless ways to help others who survive natural disasters in a very personal way. For Hurricane Harvey we sent five 53-foot semi trucks filled with disaster relief and physically delivered $43,000 in gift cards to the people of Texas. When the forest fires ravaged the California area we facilitated a toy drive and delivered a truckload of toys to the families in Napa Valley. This helped hundreds of families have a great Christmas during a difficult recovery. When Hurricane Florence flooded the coastal area we spent 6 weeks raising donations to help in their recovery and brought down over $30,000 in gift cards that we hand delivered to people getting back on their feet.

Gentle Brew Boardwalk Location has reopened. Park Avenue not yet.

The Gentle Brew Boardwalk location has reopened. Park Avenue will take a bit longer.

Gentle Brew still needs our help! Please support this important local business that has successfully been a staple in our community for over eight years. Unlike the American Bank and Auto Industry with their billion dollar bailout for making shitty cars and bad financial decisions, Gentle Brew’s story is different. Please read more about it on the Go Fund Me page, which was not created by Gentle Brew, but by another local business owner:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-save-gentle-brew

Unrelated to the Gentle Brew stuff. I have a Poll for my readers: How many of you have paid a contractor cash to avoid sales tax? Please raise your hand. HOLY SHIT, THAT MANY? SO ALL OF YOU WILLINGLY DIDN’T PAY YOUR SALES TAXES? Or were you down on your luck with legal fees and expenses and just couldn’t keep up with payments?

REMINDER: Candidates’ Forum – Democratic Primary Candidates For Long Beach City Councilperson – Wednesday, June 12, 2019 At 7:00 PM [THIS WEDNESDAY!]

The League of Women Voters of Long Beach and the Long Beach Public Library will co-sponsor a Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at 7:00 PM, in the auditorium of the Long Beach Public Library.  The Democratic Party primary candidates for Long Beach City Councilperson have been invited to attend.   This forum will be videotaped and posted on the League of Women Voters – Nassau County website:  lwvofnassaucounty.org.

Help Save Gentle Brew! [Go Fund Me]

Please help Gentle Brew get back in business! LINK: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-save-gentle-brew

Hi everyone! 

We’re reaching out because we are currently closed and we want more than anything to reopen. As you may have heard, we were forced to shut down because of some mistakes made by us when we should have known better. We’ve had a difficult year, with a lot of financial stress from a legal battle, and we lost sight of some of the financial guidelines we had set for ourselves in an effort to do everything we could do keep our boardwalk location. Unfortunately, these mistakes were expensive and certainly stupid, and have put us in this truly unfortunate position we’re in now.

If you’ve ever spent time with us, our staff, or even just enjoyed a cup of our coffee, please help out with whatever you can spare to help us get back up and running. We promise to keep putting out freshly roasted coffee, amazing baked goods, and continue to be that place for first dates, catching up with old friends, holding interviews, having meetings, doing your work or reading a book. 

If we are able to reopen it would mean that:  we could continue to roast co ffee and serve drinks and baked goods to our customers at our two locations in Long Beach, our employees would get to keep their jobs, our wholesale clients (other local businesses, cafes and bakeries) would be able to continue to use our roasted coffee and cold brew to sell to their own customers, and we could continue to sell at the Northport and Huntington Farmers markets.

We’re not asking for the community to pay for all of our mistakes, but we’re hoping that you could help us get back on our feet so we can reopen and continue doing what we love  for our amazing community. 

Long Beach, and greater Long Island, has been the most amazing community and family we could ever imagine. The outpouring of support that we’ve received from all of you has been so incredible and we truly appreciate it more than you know. 

Thank you so much, 
Bryan & Mel