Category Archives: Opinions

City Council Candidate John Bendo cites “conflict of interest” regarding new Zoning Board Member [Opinions]. (And this is why you should vote for John Bendo this November.)

Taken from: PROCEEDINGS OF THE CITY COUNCIL CITY OF LONG BEACH MEETING OF AUGUST 15, 2017. (Click on image for link to the document.)

Residents are questioning the city’s new appointment for the zoning board. At the August 15th City Council Meeting, John Bendo, who is running for City Council this November, points out how Erica Rechner, one of the new appointees, is a director of Opportunities Long Island, a construction union lobbyist. Bendo told council, “The motivation for starting Opportunities Long Island was securing work for unions on large development projects. That was the quote of their founders.” Bendo adds, “Having somebody tied to securing large development projects on our zoning board would be a conflict of interest.” You should watch the video right here:
On a personal note, this is why John Bendo is getting my vote this November. He should get yours as well.  In that video posted above, Bendo asked his actual running mates a direct question regarding the city’s decision making process regarding this ZBA appointee. This just shows you how John Bendo would run the city for us, not for the party and not for special interests.
 

Long Beach Update: August 18th Edition

Long Beach News:

  • I cleaned up the Long Beach City Council Tournament Bracket.  
  • Yes, the democratic primary has been cancelled.
  • I posted this article the other day regarding the lawsuit, but if you missed it: [NEWSDAY]
  • Long Beach Herald gotcha covered on this as well [LB HERALD]
  • and here is a letter from Darlene Tangney, the President of Independent Democratic Club of Long Beach [SEABYTHECITY]

Non-political news, rumors, opinions:

  • I am hearing John Henry’s American Pub is now closed. They were there for 16 years. Really sad to see this place go.
  • CBS news is now talking about the speeding on Lido Blvd.  Some notable quotes: “It’s scary when you’re standing out here [Marvel Icecream] with young children and cars are just racing,” said Liz Murdy of the Lido Beach Civic Association.” “Very dangerous area for pedestrians and kids on their bicycles,” said Lido Beach parent Maureen Graham.”  I just can’t get over how our elected leaders failed when it came to redoing this street. Everything is always on the mindset of the drivers, not paying any attention at to the schools, houses, businesses and beachgoers in that area.  [CBS NEWS]
  • Don’t forget to pick up a copy of Scoundrels by the Sea! New copies are in print [AMAZON]
  • The Mysterious and Tragic Death of Starr Faithfull: This is from Doug Sheer: “Here is an Interesting story about a young lady who was found on the beach in Long Beach.” [The Line Up]

Long Beach Events:

(there are way too many things going on to Long Beach, so sorry if I am missing something when it comes to events. If you have one you’d like added, please contact me.)

—Weekly and throughout the summer—

Aug 19th: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – Grand Blvd, 7:30pm
Sept 2nd: MOANA – Edwards Blvd, 7:15pm

—August Events—

  • Bayfront Celebration (August 19th, 4pm – 10pm) [LINK]
  • The Lemonade Pedal: Bike-Ped Fair & Tour de Lemonade Stand (August 25th, 10am – 1pm) [link]

  • Zumba Fundraiser (August 26th, 4pm at the Long Beach VFW) 

—September Events—

  • NY Fit Fest (September 17th) [link

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Around Town:

 

Always love seeing this mural at the post office in #longbeachny

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Blog News:

 

Hi, my name is Anthony. I started to write this humongous post on the [my] state of Long Beach, but I think I’ll hold off posting it until the elections get a little closer. I just want to say that I really strive to remain as independent as I can when it comes to local politics. It’s hard. This city is so political, it makes me sick to my stomach. 

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More on that ‘No Democratic Primary’ stuff [OPINIONS, OF COURSE]

“Nassau Supreme Court Justice James P. McCormack granted the order to invalidate the petition Wednesday after the challenger ticket conceded that for technical reasons, such as incorrect addresses, names and filing dates, they would not have enough signatures to meet the 641-name requirement set by the Nassau County Board of Elections.”

Newsday: Long Beach Dems win suit after challengers concede

It is what it is. I have no comment on the outcome because I didn’t see the signatures, I wasn’t there. I don’t know the facts of this particular case. I do know that if you want to be elected for City Council this November, you will have to earn it. The social media, the blogs, the people are paying attention. You have to convince us that you are the right person for the job. You have to convince us that you want to be on The Long Beach City Council for the benefit of Long Beach, not Nassau County. Not to seek a higher office. Not to hand out patronage jobs. You have to convince us you are the right person for Long Beach AND you have to act on it. This will be a people’s election.

My next article will probably be my Long Beach manifesto and why we need change.

Oh, that article also failed to mention the Green Party candidates of Joey Naham and Allison Blanchette. Here is the updated bracket:

The Sunflower should be the official flower of Long Beach, NY

I posted this idea on Instagram the other day. I unofficially declare the sunflower to be the official flower of Long Beach. Since Sandy I’ve been noticing more and more sunflowers around town. Right? Or am I going crazy? I see these flowers everywhere! We stroll through giant bunches towering over our sidewalks. We buy them as bouquets at the Farmer’s Market.  Even public property like the median on Long Beach Blvd is brighten by their giant faces.  I am actually kicking myself for not planting any myself, but I will next year. And so should you. I say unofficial flower, but I would love for this to become official! What do you folks think?

I declare the sunflower to be the official flower of Long Beach.

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Long Beach Update: August 15th Edition

Long Beach & Nassau County News:

  • “Long Beach schools chief David Weiss leaving for new post”[NEWSDAY]
  • Officials, like the one mentioned in the previous article, want the speed limit on Lido blvd to be 30mph. I’m totally fine with this, but the stoplight timing is terrible. Rush hour waiting at almost every red light creates lots of impatient drivers attempting to fly through them all. It is a six lane highway. They should have brought it down to at least five with a bike lane and wider sidewalks. Leave three lanes for evacuation & two lanes going west. With properly timed lights, there would be no traffic with a lane reduction. Buuuut they just spent a fortune not too long ago ‘fixing’ all this….  TOO LATE NOW! [NEWSDAY]
  • NASSAU COUNTY: I love this article in [NEWSDAY]. Nassau Hub is outdated. NO S**** SHERLOCK! That entire area is a complete mess that is designed to create nothing, but more traffic. They could have had something special. My favorite quote is the following: “The existing plan is nothing more than a 20th century office park,” said Ann Golob, director of the Long Island Index, a Garden City-based group led by civic, academic, labor and business leaders which produces nonpartisan reports on housing, employment, transportation and the environment. “And that doesn’t make sense in the 21st century.” 
  • NASSAU COUNTY: While we are on the topic of Nassau County, my opinion above also includes the Roosevelt Racetrack area, where they are building this fancy Vanderbilt building that has lovely views of Lowe’s Home Improvement, Target and a giant water tower. The stupid mall is down the block and these residents won’t even be able to walk to it! Just look at this place: vanderbiltlongisland.com
  • Island Park comes in third when it comes to herion arrests in Nassau County [LB HERALD]
  • Long Beach get a $250k State Grant for some cool stuff. Just please by the right bike racks that will last a very long time. None of this cheap blue stuff that breaks and rusts.  [LB Patch]

Resident’s Corner:

(A new category! If you have a question, concern, comment that you’d like posted on this blog, please contact me. )

  • From a resident named Whitney: “I have a situation and  I didn’t know who else to ask for help. There are two big pile of rocks that have been in the handicap spot on broadway and New York for over 3 months and I reported it to Long Beach app with a photo 2 weeks ago And it says they haven’t even opened the request.  How do I get these rocks removed?!? As we know handicap parking is already limited in LB.thank you in advance for your help.
  • From Richard Boodman: “8 points, Illegal U, Wrong side of the road, Running a red light – On Broadway all day. We can replace the broken streets with the revenue.”
  • Also from Richard Boodman: “Mushrooms. Growing on the median below the  dog waste bag holder on Monroe and Olive.” 

Long Beach Events:

(there are way too many things going on to Long Beach, so sorry if I am missing something when it comes to events. If you have one you’d like added, please contact me.)

—Weekly and throughout the summer—

Aug 19th: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – Grand Blvd, 7:30pm
Sept 2nd: MOANA – Edwards Blvd, 7:15pm

—August Events—

  • Pigment Removal Class hosted by Susan Patashny (August 16th). [PLEASE NOTE: An advanced trainer needs models for a tattoo removal training. If you have permanent make up or a small body tattoo you are not happy with please contact Susan (516)889-3962.]
  • Bayfront Celebration (August 19th, 4pm – 10pm) [LINK]
  • The Lemonade Pedal: Bike-Ped Fair & Tour de Lemonade Stand (August 25th, 10am – 1pm) [link]

  • Zumba Fundraiser (August 26th, 4pm at the Long Beach VFW) 

—September Events—

  • (pending) Democratic Primary- election 2017 (September 12th)
  • NY Fit Fest (September 17th) [link

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Blog News:

 

Hi, my name is Anthony. I had a lovely weekend. 

Thank you to those who are using my referrals at Amazon.com and Target! It doesn’t cost you a penny more, I just make a small affiliate fee which helps pay for blog expenses.

Thinking of going solar with EmPower Solar? Please use this referral link: empower-solar.com/sea-by-the-city.  Use the promo code “SeabytheCity” by August 31st and receive a $25 gift card to a local Long Beach restaurant of your choice!! You must be a Long Beach homeowner to qualify for promotion. Other requirements may apply.

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Long Beach Update: August 11th Edition #yearofthegroins

Long Beach & Vicinity News:

Long Beach Events:

(there are way too many things going on to Long Beach, so sorry if I am missing something when it comes to events. If you have one you’d like added, please contact me.)

—Weekly and throughout the summer—

Aug 12th: JAWS – Lafayette Boulevard, 7:30pm [NEW DAY!]
Aug 19th: ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW – Grand Blvd, 7:30pm
Sept 2nd: MOANA – Edwards Blvd, 7:15pm

—August Events—

  • 14th Annual C.U.R.B. bike ride (August 12th) [Click here for more information and registration]
  • International Food Festival Celebration @ St. Mary of the Isles (August 13th)
  • Pigment Removal Class hosted by Susan Patashny (August 16th). [PLEASE NOTE: An advanced trainer needs models for a tattoo removal training. If you have permanent make up or a small body tattoo you are not happy with please contact Susan (516)889-3962.]
  • Bayfront Celebration (August 19th, 4pm – 10pm) [LINK]
  • The Lemonade Pedal: Bike-Ped Fair & Tour de Lemonade Stand (August 25th, 10am – 1pm) [link]

  • Zumba Fundraiser (August 26th, 4pm at the Long Beach VFW) 

—September Events—

  • (pending) Democratic Primary- election 2017 (September 12th)
  • NY Fit Fest (September 17th) [link

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Blog News:

Hi, my name is Anthony. It’s Friday! Everybody’s working for the weekend. 

Thank you to those who are using my referrals at Amazon.com and Target! It doesn’t cost you a penny more, I just make a small affiliate fee which helps pay for blog expenses.

Thinking of going solar with EmPower Solar? Please use this referral link: empower-solar.com/sea-by-the-city.  Use the promo code “SeabytheCity” by August 31st and receive a $25 gift card to a local Long Beach restaurant of your choice!! You must be a Long Beach homeowner to qualify for promotion. Other requirements may apply.

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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. “

[Supplemental material] LB WATER, LOST KEYS, CARL SAGAN, LOCAL FRANCHISES AND COURT UPDATE

Supplemental material for my earlier LONG BEACH “NEWS” post.

  • UPDATE [opinion, rumors, news –  you decide] from Joe Miccio regarding the petition against LB DEMS and Board of Elections: “As I wrote to you yesterday, Judge Palmeiri recused himself and moved the venue to a Westchester judge. However, I was just informed by our attorney that Judge McCormack, Nassau County, brought it back to NC Supreme Court and is taking the case. He is a Democrat. Suspicious circumstances, we feel, considering that Jay Jacobs’ job is to help Democrat judge candidates get elected. We will be objecting tomorrow and requesting a recusal and venue change. Our attorney says the case begins at 10:30am at NC Supreme Court. Also, George Maragos, a Democrat candidate for County Executive, may be speaking there tomorrow at 10am regarding Jay Jacobs challenges to resident signatures. I spoke with one of his assistants and I’m waiting for a call back to confirm.” 
  • CHECK YOUR WATER CONTAMINATES! Some of you might remember my April Fools post when I made this fake advertisement for Long Beach:Rusty water is a on the minds of many of our residents. Just yesterday the City of Long Beach posted on facebook the following: “The Water Plant continues taking lead samples this week; to date all samples have met safe drinking water standards.”  But that doesn’t suffice with most residents. A reader named Steve sent in the following: ​“I found this sight that lets people find how many Contaminates are in the tap water. [LINK].” I don’t know what most of the info means, but perhaps someone out there does.
  • Check out the listing for 50 West Park Avenue [link]. I love it when these listings show nearby franchises, but not the local tenants who really matter.
  • LOST KEYS! Sent in by a person named Johnathan. if you found his keys, contact me and I will get it to him. “The other day I was jogging on the boardwalk and somehow my expensive pair keys fell out of my pocket.i was wondering if you post on your blog.” Johnathan thinks they might be near the food trucks.
  • Also, this: