Category Archives: Opinions

NEWSDAY EDITORIAL: Pricey severance packages among Long Beach’s fiscal woes [A MUST READ FOR ALL LONG BEACH RESIDENTS]

A MUST READ FOR ALL LONG BEACH RESIDENTS:

This Newsday Editorial doesn’t appear to be behind a paywall, so please please please please head over and read: Pricey severance packages among Long Beach’s fiscal woes

In a nutshell, this editorial basically spells out reasons why we SHOULD NOT vote to re-elect Anthony Eramo and Chumu Diamond this November, since neither of them appear to care that these payments were made. If they do care, then talk about it to the residents. Show us the math. Do your job as elected officials. They also have not shown any means or plan to solve our current financial crisis [see- Credit agency downgrades Long Beach bond rating]. Yet there is always enough money for new hires [LINK]. (How many assistants does our fake city manager need anyway? )

From the Newsday Editorial:

“And the spending on separation pay that caused the cash crunch, including $108,000 for Jack Schnirman, the former city manager and current Nassau County comptroller, has itself attracted accusations of impropriety.

According to the city code, payouts are limited to 30 percent of unused sick days and 50 unused vacation days, which would have made Schnirman’s payout $55,000. The city and Schnirman say the calculations were done in conformance with a decades-long interpretation of city code. However, the city has yet to produce any legal opinion to justify the larger payouts.

In a city that’s consistently had trouble paying the bills, taxpayers are entitled to an explanation for why such a generous interpretation was applied. The practice needs to be stopped if it’s unlawful, and money might need to be clawed back.”

Separation payments are the main focus. All of my calls and emails to Tom DiNapoli, NY State Comptroller have NOT been answered. Same thing with Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singasl. Zippo. Nada. Nothing. Good thing I am in contact with other people, who are listening (I’ll save that for a future post).

“Even as it struggles with the current budget, Long Beach is considering a 2018-19 spending plan with a potential 12 percent tax increase. ”

My Editorial and Opinion: Long Beach is pricing residents out. If you want to stay here, your only best bet is to either get a job with the city (perhaps so they can buy your vote with a pay raise before election), be politically connected to the powers that be, (or maybe even be really good at sucking you know what $%#%^#).

I am still trying to figure out who the third person will be that I’ll vote for in November. I need to hear what the other candidates have to say. Anissa Moore and Liz Treston are automatically getting my votes. If we can at least get these two in, then with Councilmen John Bendo the good guys will have majority and the real investigations into these questionable payments, finances, etc will begin.

Councilwoman Anissa Moore destroyed the poll the last time she ran in 2015 by getting the most votes. She’ll have strong support this year, especially since she’s running with another party and doesn’t have to deal with the primary circus. Liz Treston (2018 Herald Person of the Year) is quite possibly my favorite person in Long Beach (outside of my family, of course). I would trust her with anything. She truly cares about this community, she’s smart, resourceful and knows how things work. Don’t just take it from me, read what the LB Herald had to say about her: Liz Treston, an advocate for Sandy victims

For a current list of who is running this November, check out my Election Bracket (pending changes based on dropouts, signatures, ballot, primary, etc.).

2019 Election Bracket (March 13th Edition)

Lots of candidates are running for Long Beach City Council this year. To keep track, I decided to replicate what I did last election by making an ‘Election Bracket’. This bracket will evolve: signatures need to be collected for the ballot, there’s a Primary on June 25th, 2019, etc., etc. etc,… Who knows what else, but I’ll update the bracket as we creep toward November.

Just to get everyone up to speed on the 2019 Long Beach City Council election: Three seats are up for grabs this November. The incumbents are Anissa Moore (D), Anthony Eramo (D) and Chumi Diamond (D). The bracket below shows you who else is running with party affiliation. The top two vote-getters get to serve four years while third place serves two.

Just to get everyone up to speed on the 2021 Long Beach City Council election:The third place winner of the 2019 Long Beach Election will be up for re-election in 2021 with John Bendo (D) and Scott Mandel (D.

For now, let’s just concentrate on the 2019 Election. Here is the current bracket. Please let me know if anyone else is running. That includes the Green Party, Write-ins, etc. Don’t forget to CLICK ON THE IMAGE for a larger view.

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FYI: New Jobs / Hires. [Some Opinions]

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Some of these jobs are needed. Some of the names on this list are people who have multiple jobs with our city already. Some of these jobs are not needed. I’m sorry, but it’s true. Unless I can be proven otherwise. This is my tax money and the Jay Jacobs controlled City Council are using our hard earned Long Beach tax dollars foolishly. Our city was just downgraded by Moody’s [LINK], yet our city keeps spending and spending and spending and spending. Again, some of these jobs are needed, but those folks with the cushy jobs should be ashamed of themselves how they’re ripping the taxpayers off. Things will change next November. Social media will make the change happen big time.

UPDATE: A resident named Katherine asks: Which of these jobs were planned and accounted for in the budget? Yeah, I would love to know myself!

Just some of my opinions here, but even brutal ones are being shared on various Facebook pages. Go look for yourself.

UPDATE: I just want to clarify that some of these jobs listed in that spreadsheet are needed for our city to operate. Not all of them, in my opinion.

Long Beach Opposition appoints city attorney as acting city manager

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].

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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……

THIS PART IS WHERE I SELL OUT: If any of you really do like this blog, enjoy what I write and want it to continue, I really need an incentive to keep it going. Running this blog costs money to operate with the server, hosting space, domain name, legal fees against bully assholes. Yeah know, the basics. I would absolutely appreciate any support I can get. One way is through Robinhood, an investing app that offers commission free investing. If you use my referral link then we both will receive one share of a free stock! Yes, it benefits both of us! Robinhood claims you have a 1 in 150 chance of getting a free stock like Berkshire Hathaway, Apple, Microsoft. I only did the referral thing once and got a lousy share of Sprint, but hey, free money! share.robinhood.com/anthond3149  

Thank you! -Anthony

Judge awards developer Haberman revoked building permits for boardwalk towers

I wrote a year ago how I would rather see new Haberman buildings than another legal surcharge on my tax bill. You can read about that in my articled titled “I would rather see a new Haberman building than another legal surcharge on my tax bill.”

Barring any appeals from our city, Newsday reports that this matter is possibly coming to an end:

A Nassau County judge reversed a 2003 Long Beach Zoning Board decision revoking the building permit from a developer seeking $50 million in damages from the city.

……[Nassau Supreme Court Justice Jack] Libert’s decision does not award any damages in the case, but reinstates the revoked building permit within 30 days. The city was also required to install underground water utilities and extends the Haberman building permit  filed in 1992. [NEWSDAY]

I know there are a lot of residents in Long Beach who don’t want any more large condo development, but we cannot handle another legal surcharge on our tax bills. We have no money. We have to borrow every time something needs to be fixed. We still have to deal with the iStar lawsuit. We were recently named #1 in fiscal stress in New York State. We still have no city manager. Plus we have that comprehensive plan which… um.. uhhh. I’m not going there. The point is, we need to move on. I often fantasize how our city should just fold and be handed over to the City of Seattle. Yep, I would bypass all of New York and eastern seaboard. Those Pacific Northwest cities seem to know what they’re doing….

Anyway, I am getting off topic. Full article over at Newsday: Judge reinstates permit for Long Beach waterfront condos

Hey Long Beach, hate traffic and parking issues? Design the city for E-Scooters.[This is not a joke]

E-Scooters are not a fad. They are not going away. Many cities across the country are embracing them because they are the ultimate cure for traffic, parking and pollution. Tacoma has them, Seattle very soon, and now NYC is drafting legislation to bring them to the Rockaways, Staten Island and other parts of the city:

“E-scooter legislation is being crafted as commuters get familiar with pedal-assist e-bike sharing services launched over the summer. Riders have rushed down Bay Street on Staten Island and across the Rockaway Boardwalk without breaking a sweat thanks to the small, battery-powered motors that provide an extra kick when the pedals are in motion.

…….Not everyone can ride a bike and not everyone wants to ride a bike every day,” [Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives] continued. “And these [e-scooters] really have the potential to democratize and mainstream city-friendly efficient transportation. So let’s get with the program and figure out how to make room for them on the streets.” [AMNY]

As long as the car-loving -baby-boomers are in control (easy, I’m generalizing here), E-Scooters will never properly be embraced in Long Beach anytime soon….. but if we want to keep the young here, fight traffic, parking issues and be kind to the environment, it might be a good idea for our officials to start looking into it. I guarantee you are going to hear about these vehicles more and more in the future.


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