State Sen. Todd Kaminsky Tuesday night called on Long Beach to hire an outside investigator to review separation payments made to current and former city employees
“I believe some of the issues front and center before the council regarding separation payments have reached a suffocating point,” Kaminsky told council members at the meeting. “People are frustrated in their inability to get answers. Every taxpayer has a right to know what happens with their tax dollars.”
Residents at the meeting called for a federal investigation because, they said, they did not trust State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli as a former backer of Schnirman. Kaminsky said he had no reason to doubt the comptroller and district attorney’s findings. [NEWSDAY]
It’s crazy how long I’ve been blogging trolley problems. If the new route looped Maple Blvd/Park to Nevada/Beech, I would totally be fine with that. Just make it a business route. You hop on. You hop off. Make it reliable and call it a day. Advertise at the LIRR and you’ll get some of the train folks to spend money in the West End. Isn’t that the ultimate goal here? [I WISH I got paid for this…… ]
Both days last weekend my family, out of town friends and I waited in the East End for the open air trolley. We had suitcases full of money, eager to spend it all in the West End. All of it. Like billions of dollars pouring out of our suitcases. The trolley never came. We were sad.
Both of those days I kept asking my LB friends on facebook for trolley updates, if they saw it, etc. All the info was confusing – none coincided with the two trolley routes I found on the official Long Beach website, including one that hasn’t been updated since 2014 [link].
Well today it’s all been figured out. Allison of Long Island Streets managed to find the trolley, took it for a ride and confirmed everything: The Trolley is only looping between the bus station on Park to Nevada in the West End. So there you go. If you live in the East End, no trolley for you. No spending those East End suitcases full of money at those West End restaurants and stores.
To be clear, the State Comptroller's office is auditing the City of Long Beach. It will examine payroll and separation payments among other issues. We are coordinating with @NassauDA. We do not discuss the specifics of an audit until it is complete.
Join Central Synagogue – Beth Emeth this Friday, July 13th for a Shabbat Evening Service on the beach. Bring a beach chair and enjoy the sunset as we welcome Shabbat together on the sand. 6:30 pm at the Long Beach Blvd. Entrance.
UPDATE: FRIDAY THE 13th. Long Beach really is a horror show….
Attention residents and media: Be on the lookout for an announcement for a special meeting Friday, July 13th at 9am regarding the next City Manager. The announcement is apparently happening tonight. This is not official, so keep refreshing the city page. A resident and friend told me the following after hearing about this sneaky meeting:
This is precisely the opposite of what most engaged citizens requested. We all wanted someone who is non-partisan, unattached, who could bring some order and function to the management of the city and its finances. If they do this I would like to barrage the Herald with letters to the editor regarding the failure of our city council members to respond to constituent demand. So much for transparency.
The Rumor: A secret meeting this Friday to announce our next city manager. I heard the same, but for now this is nothing, but a rumor. I really hope it’s not true, because that would be a really sad way to run our government.
If true… then Long Beach is done. Destroyed. Finito. The future of Long Beach will be the following:
The only residents who live here will be those who work for the city and use the tax revenue as a piggy bank. The rest of the folks living here will just be seasonal, airbnb tourists or that couple who just lives here for a year or two, with no intentional of settling down.
There is a rumor about the next City Manager and residents are pissed. Just go on Long Beach social media and you’ll see what I’m talking about…. I am not going to say who this rumored-person is, but it’s not the independent City Manger residents rallied for last week. I am so f***ing disappointment by the politically connected hacks running this city.
We have questionable separation payouts with two bonds to cover them, employees who got full time wages, but were believed to be part time. WTF is happening here? And how many times can iStar sue us? It’s two lawsuits so far. Will they go for a hat trick? Nobody is even talking about the other lawsuits our city got us into. Haberman, anyone?
City Councilmen John Bendo said at the rally last week, some folks are using this city as a personal piggy bank. This is very alarming. We have broken benches on the boardwalk that look like shit. Do you think we have money to fix them? No. Shitty roads all over Long Beach. The City of Long Beach looks like absolute shit, but as long as the incompetent friends and families of those in power get on the payroll, things should be ok, right?
“We welcome the FBI because everyone seems to be doing a cover-up.” – County legislator Denise Ford at the Rally last Tuesday, July 3rd.
She is absolutely right. Call the FBI because the Nassau DA and NYS Comptroller aren’t going to do anything. They are all connected. This city is so f***ed the way it’s being run, and that includes the MAJOR mess that Jack Schnirman left us. All those mailers we got in 2017 telling us how great our city finances were was a complete lie. Anissa Moore and John Bendo are the only people who actually care about what’s going on around here. Trust me when I say that. And we will remember this next election. I plan on organizing with all social media groups to change the powers that be. It’s going to work.
In blog news: I received a ton of email the past 2 months. I’ll get back to you! The current state of affairs in Long Beach has not been fun at all, so this blog just makes me depressed posting these types of articles.