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A letter from the Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach

(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,

Darlene Tangney
President, Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach

PRESS CONFERENCE on Aug. 16th All Hands Needed for FDNY Member Running for Long Beach City Council

I was asked to share the following:


An Official Communication from the UFA
#44 of 2017 · August 14th

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)


Dem/ Board of Elections Court update [ELECTION 2017]

Sent to me from Joe Miccio:

“First our attorneys asked Judge McCormack, a Nassau County Democrat, to recuse himself for a list of reasons that he himself admitted were true, including the fact that his law clerk has contributed to Chumi Diamond’s campaign, the opposing attorney had formally represented his law clerk, and the judge’s wife works with Scott Mandel. There were other reasons, too, but this alone certainly gives the appearance of impropriety. The judge then said that he will be impartial, which is the reason he is keeping the case.
Then Barbara Bernardino, Runnie Myles and I were served with subpoenas from the opposition to testify tomorrow morning [Friday] before Judge McCormack, regarding the signatures. “

John Bendo for Long Beach City Council – Fundraiser information

As you probably have heard by now, I have decided to step up and run for the Long Beach City Council. For years I have been trying to create positive change; fighting for good, open, transparent and accountable government in Long Beach. Rather than continuing to try and affect change from the outside, I am now going to try and do it as a member of the city council.

I need to ask for your help…and to be honest this is the part of doing this that I am not a fan of….to make this happen I need your support. I am having a fundraiser at Sutton Place (124 West Park Ave) on Monday, August 7th from 6 – 9 PM. Please join me there. I would also ask you to encourage your friends and neighbors that want someone who will truly represent their voice on the council to also attend.

Tickets are $80 can be purchased at the door or online at:

If you can’t come to the fundraiser, you can still support my campaign by going to:

Or a check can be mailed to:

Bendo for Long Beach
44 Maryland Ave
Long Beach, NY 11561

Long Beach International Film Festival Announces Diverse Lineup of Films

Lights, CameraAction! The Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) is pleased to announce its diverse lineup of feature-length documentaries, feature-length narrative films, and short films from August 1 to August 4.

In Search of Felliniwritten by actress Nancy Cartwright, who is none other but the voice behind Bart Simpson, focuses on a shy and sheltered girl who discovers the delightfully bizarre films of Federico Fellini, and sets off on a journey across Italy to find him. The film stars Ksenia Solo (Black Swan), Golden Globe Nominee Maria Belo (A History of Violence), and Mary Lynn Rajskub (24).  The film is semi-autobiographical, inspired by Cartwright’s early years, as she travelled to Italy before establishing herself in Hollywood.

Gold Balls is an inspiring film about the ageless human spirit: inside the world of competitive ultra senior tennis will debut. This uplifting and quirky film is centered around 80-year-old athletes as they travel the country in pursuit of a National Championship tennis title.

A Private Portrait, a documentary about the celebrated artist and filmmaker, Julian Schnabel directed by Pappi Cosicato, surveys Schnabel’s life, diving deep into his childhood and his later years as a successful artist and film director. The footage, both new and old, includes snapshots of Schnabel at work in his studio and includes interviews with family members, as well as renowned celebrities including Jeff Koons, Bono, and Al Pacino.

Ever since its inception in 2012, the Long Beach International Film Festival has set up an entertainment hub on the shore of Long Beach, reimagining a summer night filled with entertainment.  In Manhattan’s backyard, LBIFF hosts many film fanatics and culture junkies from around the world to experience film and much more on the oceanfront.  The four days consists of foodie events, film screenings and panels, a casino night, and a unique opportunity to watch films under the stars.

Democratic Primary is September 12th. [PRESS RELEASE by the LB DEMS]

I was asked to share the following opinion that was sent to me by the Long Beach Democrats (

Nassau County Democratic Party Leader Jay Jacobs, who lives in Oyster Bay, is applying pressure to Long Beach residents who signed petitions for City Council candidates Barbara Bernardino, Joe Miccio, and Runnie Myles.

His hired out-of-towners are calling Long Beach residents and intimidating them; challenging their signatures on petitions for Long Beach’s three locally chosen City Council candidates. What has happened to democracy? Why won’t Jay Jacobs let the voice of Long Beach residents be heard? A primary in September is the only way to stop this outside influence from running our city’s government.

Please share and spread the word! Vote on Primary Day, September 12th. It’s Your City!

[A quick note: I welcome all candidates and parties to send me their press releases. So if you have something you would like me to post, please contact me]

Long Beach City Council Candidates Bernardino, Miccio and Myles Secure Place on Ballot for September Primary [Press Release]

Long Beach City Council Candidates Bernardino, Miccio and Myles Secure Place on Ballot for September Primary

Collect 1,270 signatures through local grassroots effort

(LONG BEACH, NY) – July 14, 2017 — Barbara Bernardino, Joe Miccio and Runnie Myles announced today that they have secured the signatures necessary to place them on the ballot for a Long Beach City Council primary in September.  The Democratic ticket has collected 1,270 signatures, more than double the necessary 500 that is required to place them on the ballot.

After the unanimous selection of Bernardino, Miccio and Myles at the May 31 Democratic Convention, Nassau County Party Leader Jay Jacobs disregarded Long Beach’s official selection of candidates and replaced them with his own slate. The three candidates then began a grassroots campaign to collect the 500 signatures necessary to place them on the ballot against Jacobs’ picks.

“Our team’s signatures were collected by local Long Beach residents, not by individuals employed by Democratic Party leader,” stated Barbara Bernardino. “The way the party leader captured signatures for his candidates speaks volumes to the history of how our present City Council has been governed. A style of governance that has resulted in the loss of our hospital and millions of FEMA dollars, the encouragement of overdevelopment, having our infrastructure issues ignored, and making poor decisions leaving the City open to lawsuits. Putting residents first, Bernardino, Myles and Miccio represent the change our neighbors are looking for.”

Joe Miccio stated: “Our successful grassroots signature campaign confirms what Long Beach residents want: City Council members who represent THEIR interests. Not out-of-town parties who go around our zoning codes to approve big-bucks mega-buildings. Not developers who channel profits into campaign coffers of officials who continue approving projects that no one in Long Beach wants—until we wake up one day to as many tall buildings as the Rockaways.”

“Face time with the Long Beach residents and commentary from their perspective is what is sorely lacking in the Long Beach political scene,” said Runnie Myles. “This summer, residents are engaged and optimistic about a campaign that actually represents all of us instead of the developers and businesses looking to buy us out.  It will always be the voice of the people in Long Beach first with Runnie, Barbara and Joe.”

On May 31, three candidates for Long Beach City Council seats this fall were announced at the Nassau County Democratic Convention and unanimously agreed upon. To get to this ticket of candidates, Long Beach Democratic Committee’s 48-member elected candidate selection committee vetted dozens of highly qualified individuals (including incumbents). The committee had one core principle: choosing individuals who would seek to improve the quality of life for all Long Beach residents. They sought candidates that took a stand against overdevelopment and outside influences controlling decisions in our city. These candidates are Barbara Bernardino, Joe Miccio and Runnie Myles.

Bernardino, Beach to Bay Civic Association President, Miccio, retired FDNY firefighter, former police sergeant and co-founder of the September 11th Families Association, and Myles, a local minister and teacher’s assistant, exemplify the Long Beach Democratic Committee’s vision for a transparent, participatory government that promises to put the needs of Long Beach residents first and foremost.

For more information visit

Broken Windows epidemic? This time it’s sidewalk graffiti [Reader Submitted]

Sent in by a Sea Urchin:

“These pictures of the vandalized sidewalks in  front of 250 and 252 East. Park Avenue were taken today [JUNE 13th]. The scratched out area was profanity beginning with the “F” word. National grid had to open the sidewalks for the purpose of repairing o the gas service. When they finished the repair,  they covered it with black top, and then just yesterday, replaced the black top with brand-new cement. Each slab is at least 10 x 5 feet.

Hopefully, the police detectives know who these lowlifes are, and will arrest them for defacing public property, and in the case of the shoe print, creating a potential trip hazard. In the meantime, National Grid should  repair the sidewalks, and this time protect them until the cement is hardened.

Spin Class Fundraiser. 100% of proceeds to help underserved LBHS students with tutoring!

My name is Cindy. I run a small tutoring program to help underserved LBHS students in need of additional support. I started the program August 2014, last year we tutored over 500 hours and this year we tutor between 20-25 hours per week. I am holding a fundraiser 4/30 at 11:15 am at Ocean Ride Cycling Studio here in LB – I hope to raise enough money to meet the demands as we go into final and NYS Regent Exam season.  100% of all funds raised go toward paying for tutors or review books as needed.