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.
Fall back this weekend – Daylight Saving Time is Sat, Nov 5th. Every year during the end of daylight savings time there is an increase in traffic crashes. With increased darkness around rush hour time, and when traffic is at a peak, drivers, pedestrians and people on bicycles aren’t yet used to the decreased visibility and our internal clocks are thrown off by the change in lighting.
Visibility. Our fabulous fall fashion is darker than our summer brights plus we’re wearing hats and scarves – while this should not matter what we wear when crossing with the right of way, it does matter when you throw in a few other factors and when we’re talking about kids on their way home from after school activities. Let’s be honest here –being visible can save your liferegardless of where you are walking, who has the right of way or that orange is no longer the new black (but I hear ”golden lime” is rather vogue this season). The The Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee of New York pedestrian safety campaign SEE! BE SEEN! is on point for this time of year. #seebeseen
People on bikes – this is the PERFECT time of year to look at your bike reflectors and lights.New York law states a bike must be equipped with a headlight and taillight, front and rear reflectors, spoke reflectors and pedal reflectors to be used when riding at night [Section 1236, NYS Vehicle & Traffic Law] #bikelights
Drivers, check your windshield fluid, make sure your windows and mirrors are clean– if that is all it takes to increase your ability to see someone, then its worth the 5 minutes. You know driving around neighborhoods before dinner there’s always tweens on bikes and skateboards – remember they are there, even if you don’t see them. They’re like ninja’s, popping out at the last minute. Be ready.
If you call someone on their way home from work or school and they are in the car – get off the phone with them. Not after you ask what they want for dinner, but immediately. #DistractedDriving
Sleepy, drowsy driving can be as dangerous as drunk driving. November 5-12 is Drowsy Driving Prevention Week for a reason. Just like with the Spring forward Daylight Saving time, we are thrown off for a week as our bodies adjust to the change in morning and evening light. Our internal clocks being off by waking and getting home when its dark, leaving us sluggish and sleepy. Be aware of this. Have a coffee in the afternoon. #drowsydriving#BeAlert
Plus dawn patrol surf is more difficult which just makes all of us cranky. #surfworldproblems
Allison Blanchette, Executive Director Long Island Streets
(Allison Blanche is running for City Council under the Green Party.)
The League of Women Voters of Long Beach and the Long Beach Public Library will co-sponsor a candidates’ forum on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the Long Beach Public Library. Candidates for Nassau County Legislature – LD#4 and the Long Beach City Council have been invited to attend. This forum will be recorded and posted online at the LWV-Nassau County website: lwvofnassaucounty.org.
A long time reader of the blog sent me the following: Anthony – This is a photo that I obtained from the US Coast Guard, office of the historian years ago. It depicts the USCG Station in Long Beach NY c. pre 1918, when it burned down. It is said to have been sited “Near NY Avenue.”
It is of interest for several reasons. If you look closely at the left end of the building near to the eaves, there are two arrows. The arrow closest to the building points to a low black building. That building was Oscars Fishing Station a long time fixture in the West end. Oscar’s stood in the bayfront street end, west side of Pennsylvania Avenue, and was still there in the 1960’s. I have asked two old geezers who actually bought bait there and they confirm that that is Oscars.
A second arrow to the left of the first points to the remains of The Flushing Fishing Club which was across the bay roughly opposite the Delaware Avenue Street end. The land on that side of the bay was and still is owned by the Village of Lawrence, NY. The fishing club building fell down in the 1960’s.
At the right edge of the picture is a small building which is part of the Coast Guard Station. Anecdotal history says that Part of Shine’s Bar on West Beech Street “was the old LB Coast Guard Station” and I think that this is it. All early CG Stations were built just like this building to house the life boat and equipment. Crews were local fishermen who lived at their homes near the station There are good postcard pictures on the net of the Old Pt Lookout CG station and this is a match.
If you go to Shines bar, look at the small part of the building that houses the bar itself. Small room, low ceiling, just the size to hold a lifeboat.
Friday September 8th 6:30 pm Long Beach at the Long Beach Blvd. Entrance
Join Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth for an interactive Shabbat service on the beach. Bring a beach chair and enjoy the beautiful sunset as we welcome Shabbat together on the sand. Open to all. Contact 516-766-4300 for additional information.
I was asked to share the following letter from Joe Miccio, former-Long Beach City Council Candidate:
To my Long Beach friends,
I thought you’d like to read this letter to the editor (see below), published this week in the LB Herald. So many local people came in to testify. The opposition witness recanted her testimony. As a result of the truth being exposed, the opposition stopped the proceedings. All allegations were proven not to be true.
It was a horrible experience having my good name dragged through the mud, until so many good citizens came to the rescue.
I was extra concerned in the beginning of this trial, as anyone would have, once I learned the following: The law clerk who works with the judge’s wife (also a judge) is Scott Mandel (the opposition). Chumi Diamond (also the opposition) is the law clerk for a judge who works in the Supreme Court building with the judge on this case. The law clerk of the judge on this case donated money to Diamond’s campaign. Two other democrat judges recused themselves before this judge (also a democrat) took the case. These are only some of the conflicts we raised.
To the judge’s credit, he enumerated all the above at the trial, and added that he is an impartial person and that these relationships would not affect his ability to make a fair decision. I’ll take his word on that. But with all due respect to the judge, it did, at a minimum, create the appearance of a conflict of interests.
Thank you again everyone, for your good wishes, kind notes and continued support throughout this nightmare!
THIS TRUCK WILL BE LOADED ON SATURDAY 9/2. Everything is going straight to the survivors with no middlemen.
Here is an update on the items we are collecting for HARVEY SURVIVORS at St. Mary’s of the Isle on Park avenue and Monroe Blvd:
Personal Hygiene Products
First Aid Supplies
New Packaged Tshirts
New Packaged Socks
New Packaged Underwear
Contractor 3mm Garbage bags
Heavy duty gloves, masks, goggles
Canned Food People and Pets
NO CLOTHES, NO MEDICAL SUPPLIES, NO CASH OR CHECKSWE ARE NOW COLLECTING GIFT CARDS IN $25.00 increments.
THIS TRUCK WILL BE LOADED ON SATURDAY 9/2. Everything is going straight to the survivors with no middlemen.
Nassau County, NY – Hempstead-based EAC Network has taken over the operations of the North Merrick and Long Beach Senior Community Service Centers, as well as Long Beach Meals on Wheels and Long Beach Case Management, which had been contracted previously by JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging). The programs are funded by the Nassau County Office for the Aging.
The human service agency adds the North Merrick location at the Jewel Quinn Senior Center, 1260 Meadowbrook Road, and the Long Beach location at 75 East Walnut Street, to its existing Senior Centers, also contracted with the Nassau County Office for the Aging, at St. Stephen’s Church, 9 Carlton Avenue in Port Washington, and United Methodist Church, 40 Washington Street in Hempstead.
(I just received this in my email. Figured I’d share with you all, since I’ve been covering this whole situation for the past few weeks. Also, don’t forget to pick up a copy of Scoundrels by the Sea! New copies are in print – Anthony)
Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach Letter
As you have probably heard by now, there will not be a primary for Long Beach City Council, and our candidates Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond can now focus on the November election.
Our opponents attempted to get on the ballot with allegedly forged and fraudulent signatures on their nominating petitions. They also submitted hundreds of signatures by registered Republicans on their Democratic Party petitions, and then brazenly went before the New York State Supreme Court to defend these signatures under oath, with the help of a prominent Nassau County Republican Party attorney. When our opponents recognized that their testimony had placed them in danger of having their case referred to the District Attorney’s office for a criminal investigation, they wisely opted to get out of the race.
Another fatal problem with their failed attempt to run for City Council was their failure to form an official campaign committee, and to file such a committee with the New York State Board of Elections, as required by law. As a result, every dollar they raised and spent was illegal, and devoid of any oversight, accountability, or transparency.
The Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach is proud to support honest, law-abiding, and experienced city council candidates Scott Mandel and Chumi Diamond.
Very truly yours,
President, Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach
An Official Communication from the UFA #44 of 2017 · August 14th
PRESS CONFERENCE on Aug. 16th All Hands Needed for FDNY Member Running for Long Beach City Council
Allow Long Beach residents to choose who is on their ballot, not the Nassau County party boss. Stop Jay Jacobs from trying to void resident signature petitions in court, in an attempt to remove retired UFA member Joe Miccio and his running mates from the ballot.
Please spread the word ASAP to all Long Beach family and friends for turn out!
When: Wednesday, August 16th Trial begins at 10 AM (pack the courtroom) Press Conference at 1 PM (outside)
Where: Nassau County Supreme Court 100 Supreme Court Drive, Mineola Trial: Judge James McCormack’s courtroom
Press Conference: South steps of the Supreme Court building at lunch recess (approximately 1:00 PM, when the judge orders recess)