Three proposals on this year’s ballot. What Newsday has to say, plus some opinions of my own.

We all see those NY CONVENTION stickers on cars and lawn signs all over town. What’s that all about? Well, there are going to be three proposals on the ballot this year. Newsday weighs in, suggesting we all vote YES for all three. So here they are below. What do you folks think?

NEWSDAY: Vote yes to constitutional convention, other proposals on back of the ballot

  1. PROPOSAL 1Should the state hold a constitutional convention to amend its constitution? Newsday is saying we should vote YES for this because our system is broke and unethical, so voting YES will apparently  fix it. Quite honestly, if you read their reasoning, you would want to vote YES as well.  They present a very convincing argument. Read more on their editorial HERE.
  2. PROPOSAL 2Proposal Two would allow public pensions to be stripped from officials convicted of job-related corruption.  “The urgent need for this reform was highlighted by the recent news that disgraced former Suffolk County police Chief James Burke is collecting an annual pension of $145,485. Former Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota, indicted on charges involving the cover-up of Burke’s beating of a man who stole a duffel bag from Burke’s SUV, also would keep his pension if convicted.” [NEWSDAYNO BRAINER. PLEASE VOTE YES FOR THIS ONE.
  3. PROPOSAL 3:  Has to do with easing up on maintenance in the Adirondack Park Forest Preserve.  This one is tough.  While industrialization and shopping centers take over NY, I love the idea of “forever wild” and keeping an area sacred. Not living in the Adirondacks, it’s hard to gauge what the actual situation is. I would love to hear some feedback on this one.


NEWS12: Long Beach City Council candidate Runnie Myles filed a civil rights lawsuit against Nassau Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs and the Nassau County Board of Elections, claiming discrimination.

“Long Beach City Council candidate Runnie Myles filed a civil rights lawsuit against Nassau Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs and the Nassau County Board of Elections, claiming discrimination.

Myles claims Jacobs unilaterally rescinded Myles’ nomination in violation of New York election law. The lawsuit also alleges that Board of Elections employees, under the direction of Jacobs, were sent to intimidate and harass elderly and African-American voters who signed Myles’ designating petition.

“There is no party boss, there is no political leader who can tell me or my constituency what we can and cannot do in our own city,” says Myles. [NEWS12]

There was a press conference yesterday in Mineola regarding this. Read more over at NEWS12: Long Beach candidate files suit against Dem chairman, Board of Elections

“Fall Back Safety” Fall back this weekend ​ – ​ Daylight Saving Time is Sat, Nov 5th

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.
See! Be Seen! NY Governors Traffic Safety Committee Pedestrian Campaign
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 life regardless 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
Drowsy Driving Prevention Week, Nov ​5​-1​2​

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.)

Long Beach Update: November 2nd Edition

Long Beach News, Not News & Opinions:

  • I’m allowed to blog during work hours because I am self-employed [SEABYTHECITY]
  • There was an accident on Lido this morning [LB PATCH]
  • A garden apartment at 421-433 East Broadway sold. Do I smell redevelopment? [NEWSDAY]
  • Speaking of gardens, Great Neck Plaza in Great Neck (obviously) is building a rest stop for butterflies. I would looooove something like this in Long Beach [NEWSDAY]  (Candidate Joey Naham can make this happen. Just sayin…..)
  • Will our LIRR Station get Airplay/Google Pay support in 2020? [ENGADGET]
  • The Martin Luther King Center is now  solar powered. That’s awesome! [NEWSDAY]
  • Hurricane Sandy, five years on (Hi, Liz!) [LB HERALD]
  • This waste water plan  is interesting [LB PATCH]

Election 2017

  1. Meet Leah Rosensweig-Tozer, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  2. Meet Joseph Naham, Green Party Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  3. Meet John Bendo, Democratic  Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  4. Meet Christopher Jones, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  5. Meet William Haas, Republican Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  6.  Meet Runnie Myles, Write-In Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  7. Meet  Scott Mandel, Democratic Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  8. Meet  Allison Blanchette, Green Party Candidate for City Council [LINK]
  9. Chumi Diamond (I tried to reach out. If anybody can for me, It would me much appreciated)

Resident’s Corner:

Photo courtesy of Carl DiGioia


  • LB Arts Council Stand Up Comedy Night!
  • Rooftop party at the Allegria this Friday
  • Psychic reading at the Long Beach Hotel this Sunday. 
  • Election day [November 7th]. Buy popcorn.
  • Turkey Trot [November 19th] LINK

-December Events-

  • West End Electric Light Parade [December 9th] LINK

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BREAKING: [Allegedly] A second City Employee Allegedly running an Anti-Candidate facebook page [allegedly]

[This is sort of a repost of my last post]

[Allegedly] a second City Employee [allegedly] was running an Anti-Candidate facebook page [allegedly]. The fake facebook group was called Long Beach Against Trump Republicans, but it also attacked Democratic candidate John Bendo by lying about his voting history.

As mentioned by John Bendo in his statement earlier [see the last post], the City Employee has been caught with compelling evidence. I have seen the screen shots. It is very compelling.

Candidate John Bendo made a statement, asking for this person to take the page down or their name will be revealed. The page was down shortly after.

This is Russian Fake News at it’s finest. Developing…

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