Long Beach Herald: D.A.’s Long Beach payout probe ‘comprehensive’

“Investigators from the Nassau County district attorney’s office have questioned a number of current and former Long Beach City Council members and officials over the past year about separation payouts to employees when they left city government, according to multiple sources close to the investigation.

Additionally, officials from the D.A.’s office have subpoenaed hundreds of documents from City Hall, including emails and personnel records. “

Read more at the Long Beach Herald: D.A.’s Long Beach payout probe ‘comprehensive’

WOW! Time to make some popcorn!!

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 

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.

SIGN THE PETITION: Make Lido Blvd SAFE for the Long Beach School District children!!!

Don’t get me started with Lido Blvd. I am absolutely sick of that six lane highway that took the life of my neighbor (a father of four) a few years ago, and from what I’m hearing there was an accident today involving a child. That six lane highway was ‘updated’ around 10 years now, but all it did was make cars go faster. There was a speed camera there a few years ago that actually worked, but politicians are more worried about votes than they are about safety, so that camera was taken away. There is absolutely no law enforcement on that six lane highway, especially by the school where many speed over 70 MPH.

Project 11561 started a petition to Make Lido Blvd SAFE for the Long Beach School District children!!! I really hope you all head over there and give it a signature.

Enough is enough! Lido Blvd is a death trap, and our schools have our middle school kids riding along it on their way to/from school!! We are requesting the following:

Crossing Guards at all points along Lido Blvd that children pass. (ie. Maple Blvd, Greenway Drive, Blackhealth, Regent Drive.)

NEW visible crosswalks along Lido Blvd

Police Presence along Lido from Maple to Middle school entrance

Lane Closure along North Side closed during school beginning/end times

Reevaluate BUS eligibility for LB children

The safety of our children is more important than a SIX LANE highway running through a residential neighborhood. Our children deserve a SAFE passageway to school. There have been multiple crashes and deaths along Lido Blvd, and nothing has changed!

Macy Gray, Rob Base of “It takes two to make a thing go right” fame, plus more coming to Pride on the Beach [June 21-23rd in Long Beach]

Pride on the Beach kicks off in Long Beach on June 21st. Along with great music acts like Macy Gray and Rob Base, there will also be a Parade, Pride Fair & Amusement Rides, Taste of the Beach and more!

For the full Pride on the Beach event listing, please visit: https://prideonthebeach.org/event-calendar/

Iconic Former-Bank in Freeport that is steps away from LIRR to be razed for car dealership. [Not Long Beach-lated, but this represents everything that is wrong with Long Island.]

I apologize for this post since it’s not Long Beach-related, but Long Beach can and should learn from this:

The iconic Art Deco former-bank that sits across the street from the Freeport LIRR will be razed to make room for a f***ing car dealership. Now I don’t know anything about the state of that building, whether it could have been repurposed or whatever. It’s just a missed opportunely for something that could have been great for Freeport and the south shore of Nassau County.

This is the perfect example of what is wrong with Long Island: Let’s destroy history and make way for development that doesn’t make any sense.

There is nothing smart about this development. Freeport is now dead in the water when it comes to revitalization. I do see some apartments going up, but they are nowhere near the LIRR where they should be. Does Freeport even realize that when the east side access happens, any NEW apartment building near the LIRR would immediately become desirable? Mineola gets it. So does Westbury and Farmingdale. Freeport? Naaaahh. Long Beach? hmm.. that is complicated.

History in exchange for terrible development is a Long Island tradition. Long Beach made this mistake already in the 1980s when they created that stupid Stop&Shop center handcuffed to an even more stupid 99 year lease. Ugh.. anyway, our City has no money to buy out that lease. We are broke. But if and when the opportunely comes knocking, I feel that some sort of smarter development would make so much sense at that location. We have the train, the downtown, the beach – all walking distance. I could see some sort of reasonable mixed use at that center. And by mixed use, I am not talking about a car dealership with nail salons…..

UPDATE: Gentle Brew closed down by the New York State Taxation Authority. I am hearing the owners are working on bringing it back.

YIKES! My home away from home! The place that supplies my daily coffee was shut down today by the New York State Taxation Authority. I am hearing that the owners are working on bringing it back. I will post any update I get regarding this. But for now, I am absolutely lost without my Gentle Brew coffee….

This photo was taken from the boardwalk location, but the main Park Avenue location has the same sign – for those who are wondering.

UPDATE: New York State Taxation Authority, not the IRS as previously mentioned.