City of Long Beach: Bring the Bus Back! Restore all Long Beach Bus Service! [SIGN THE PETITION!]

The City of Long Beach City Council has allowed drastic bus cuts to the municipal bus service without holding a public meeting. The cuts were announced on the city webpage three days before they went into effect.

We want all bus service restored. We want the required public meetings to be held before any changes are made.

Restore the City of Long Beach, NY Municipal Bus


Long Island Streets ( started this petition to The City of Long Beach, City Council and Acting City Manager.

PETITION: Ban smoking in Long Beach parks, the boardwalk, beach, and Kennedy Plaza

Smoking is a privilege, not a right. Much like driving an automobile, there needs to be rules. I dislike when I’m on the beach with my family then all of a sudden some person sits next to us and lights up. Now we’re all at risk.  That is something I do not ask for when I go to the beach.

It’s has been proven how second hand smoking is not good for your health. Nassau County, Town of Hempstead, and New York City ALL have smoke-free beaches and parks. It’s time for The City of Long Beach to join the smoke-free party and ban it as well.

SIGN THE PETITION: Ban smoking in Long Beach parks, the boardwalk, beach, and Kennedy Plaza

“Banning smoking of all kinds (including e-cigarettes) in our parks, beaches, boardwalk, and Kennedy Plaza will allow residents and visitors of all ages to breathe in clean sea air while enjoying the outdoor activities that make Long Beach so special. Exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke causes disease, disability, and death.  Banning smoking means less garbage in our beautiful Long Beach sand and more revenue potential for the city.  Nassau County, Town of Hempstead, and New York City have smoke-free beaches and parks.  Let’s join our neighbors!  Let’s tell the City Manager and City Council we want smoke-free parks!

Petition: Keep the Dogs Off Our Beach LB NY

Dogs on the beach. It’s a controversial topic. Well, opposition is heating up in response to the pro-dog on beach petition. For those who don’t want dogs on the beach, now is you chance to make your voices heard:

“Please sign this petition in opposition for a planned dog park on the beach. Let the Long Beach City Council know you are opposed to the idea: Keep the Dogs Off Our Beach LB NY

Visit the group on Facebook for more info: Keep the Dogs Off of Our Beach


Petition: Dog Park on the Beach Experiment!

at The BeachProject 11561 would like to make a section of our public beaches dog friendly during off season months.

We would like to make this a Win, Win for both the City and the dogs and their faithful owners. We as a group have been studying what has worked in other municipalities surrounding us, for example 8th Avenue Dog Beach in Asbury Park, NJ, the Village of Ocean Beach in Fire Island, NY, and Rosie’s Dog Beach in Long Beach, CA.

Dog’s on the beach would require a seasonal permit, an additional fee for non-residents, and only dogs current on their tags would be allowed. This will ulitmately increase the registration of dog in the City of Long Beach, NY.

Based on 250 local dogs @ $25 and 50 non-resident dogs @ $75, this could give the city $10,000 additional income which could be used for local animal control and shelters.

Many of us, after an early romp on the beach, grab coffee or breakfast in the business district with our furry friends, thus bringing  in additional revenue.

As a group, we can work with the City to make this a great part of Long Beach. We ask for your support!

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: Long Beach, NY – Dog Park on the Beach Experiment!

Petition: Please Allow skateboarding to be permitted on the boardwalk

aJSUdFmrLoBERKC-556x313-noPadIf you folks want skateboarding on the boardwalk,  then sign this petition: Please Allow skateboarding to be permitted on the boardwalk . Usually these petitions go nowhere, but the author does paint a pretty good argument for pro-boardwalk skateboarding. I just have to support it myself.

“It seems unfair that skateboarding is not permitted on the boardwalk while bicycles, unicycles, tread climbers and every other form of human powered transport is permitted. Skateboarding, especially long boarding is a healthy activity as well as valid form of transportation for youth to get from one side of town to the other without being on the streets.

You cannot skate across this town in the street due to rough pavement and standard vehicular operation which is highly busy especially during the summer months when kids need it most. It is a healthy outlet for our youth to stay off the streets and get some exercise as well. []

Petition to Incorporate a Protective Storm Barrier into City Rehabilitation Plans

While I am personally not a fan of a sea wall as our protective barrier (I’ll explain why in a later article), I will post all views and opinions on this blog. That being said, please check out the following petition, which calls for a protective sea wall to be incorporated in our city’s plans. This petition is seeking at least 500 signatures. As of now there are 244. If you support the sea wall plan, check it out here:

LINK: Petition to Incorporate a Protective Storm Barrier into City Rehabilitation Plans


State Rep. Harvey Weisenberg, NY-020 
State Sen. Dean Skelos, NY-009 
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, NY-04 
Scott J. Mandel, City Council Vice President, Long Beach, New York 
Fran Adelson, City Council Member, Long Beach, New York 
Michael Fagan, City Council Member, Long Beach, New York 
John C. McLaughlin, City Council Member, Long Beach, New York 
Jack Schnirman, City Manager, Long Beach, New York 
Mr. Len Torres, City Council President, Long Beach, New York 


I am aware that the City of Long Beach is in the midst of planning how it will reconstruct our boardwalk and protect our city from future floods like those experienced as a result of Superstorm Sandy. A stronger, smarter, and safer solution should incorporate the construction of a protective storm barrier underneath or alongside the reconstruction of the boardwalk.As a resident of the City of Long Beach and/or frequent user of the Beach Park, I am writing to make sure that the City engages in a plan that will best fit the needs of Long Beach. I am aware that the city is communicating with various engineering entities, including the Army Corps of Engineers, and has options on the table with respect to how to best protect the city. I have become familiar with the options presented and believe that any plan must involve the construction of a protective storm barrier similar to the one described by the plan produced by Coastal Planning and Engineering. Moreover, I am aware that this plan has been in the City’s possession since 2009. Regardless of who the city contracts with to repair and protect our city and beaches, the plan must include a protective storm barrier such as the one proposed by C, P & E. Other municipalities in our region are considering, or have already incorporated a protective storm surge/flood barrier in their post-Sandy reconstruction (See “On Ravaged Coastline, It’s Rebuild Deliberately vs. Rebuild Now, The New York Times, 22 December 2012). Such a barrier running the stretch of our city does not preclude the restoration and construction of dunes across the rest of Long Beach Island in outlying parts of Long Beach and the across the whole of the Town of Hempstead. As these dunes however will take time to construct and you are making plans to rebuild the boardwalk now, it makes sense to incorporate a protective barrier during this initial phase. The construction of dunes, especially without a barrier wall behind them where appropriate, will only provide temporary protection from future storms like Sandy. Large storm surges will only force sand into the streets once again, and the dunes will have to be replenished after a significant flood event. I do not believe it is smart to undertake an expensive project that will likely require continuing revenue streams in the future. The smart solution is to use the economic and political capital we have acquired in the last two months to direct resources towards a ‘protection solution’ that is more sustainable and suited to our city.

The C, P & E plan also provides for the development of protective measures to address flooding from the bay side of Long Beach Island. As so much of the most severe property damage from Sandy was caused from flooding from the bay, (again, see article cited above) the city must address future protective needs in this regard as well. 

Please know that the choice to pursue what is best for our home is in your hands, and you can help direct whatever plan is implemented in a way that is best suited for our city. Since the storm, city updates have consistently declared that we will “rebuild Stronger, Smarter and Safer!” I ask you to follow through with this pledge and do what is right to protect our home. Thank you for reading. 

[Your name]

[SIGN THE PETITION] Tired of the West End summer parking nightmare?


Please join us in asking the city council to re-visit the West End resident parking proposal recommended by consultants in 2007 and 2008.

The signers of this petition call on the City Council of Long Beach to re-examine the recommendations of the 2008 West End Parking Study and the 2007 City of Long Beach Comprehensive Plan (Part III page 28), both of which support the implementation of resident parking permits in the West End of Long Beach.

We suggest that the city council form a West End Resident Parking Committee. This Committee would consist of West End homeowners, City Council members and business owners. It is our goal that the committee would jointly address solutions to the worsening parking conditions for residents in our community and come up with a Pilot Resident Parking Plan for the start of the summer of 2013.

SIGN THE PETITION HERE: Tired of the West End summer parking nightmare?


Petition to Let the Long Beach City Council Know Raising Your Taxes to Solve the Fiscal Crisis is Not the Answer. [Reader Submitted]

From a concerned citizen:

Based on a read of the proposed budget the Long Beach taxpayers are being asked to shoulder a 16% tax increase this year, starting July 1, 2012. Double digit tax increases will not help the value of your home recover from the recent downturn and if you rent, get ready to have that increase passed on to you from your landlord.

The projected “blueprint” budget forecasts expenses and estimates revenues (taxes) that will be available to pay for the expenses. As it stands approximately 83% of our expenses are tied to employee salaries, 12% is debt service (funds to make payments on our loans) and the remaining 5% is spend (money to do anything like repair the streets, boardwalk, patch the roof of the Rec. etc.).

It is no secret that the city has not done a good job of managing these costs in the past. We are in a self declared “fiscal crisis”. What is known now is that we do not have any rabbits left in our magic hat to pay for the mismanagement of the past. Clearly, tough decisions will have to be made and our elected City Council members will need to ensure that the management team they put in place carefully makes these decisions.

The fees generated from the beach do not even cover the cost of the lifeguards and beach maintenance required for upkeep. To keep everything as it is now and provide contracted salary increases to all of our city workers will require that we all pay more in taxes. Without letting the City Council know now that you want more accountability from the management of this city and that taxes simply cannot increase, we will be hit with this 16% tax increase and will be looking at an additional increase again next year.

Sign this Petition to Let the Long Beach (NY) City Council Know Raising Your Taxes to Solve the Fiscal Crisis is not the answer.