Long Beach Opposition appoints city attorney as acting city manager

A 3-2 vote. Corporation Counsel Rob Agostisi, who donated to City Council President Anthony Eramo’s 2015 campaign, is now our new Acting City Manager [elections.ny.gov] [elections.ny.gov].

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It amazes me how hard the search for City Manager has been for our elected officials. Good thing they’re just elected. That means we can get rid of the bad ones once the time comes (and it’s coming). Anyway, something definitely wrong is going on. The search shouldn’t be this hard. Do you know what would be easier? If us residents just elected a Mayor instead. I know folks say it will still be politics as usual, but at least a City Mayor would be the choice of the people. Not the mess that is happening now where John Bendo, the most popular councilman vote-wise isn’t even given a clue until the day of Agostisi’s appointment. With an elected Mayor, if our choice is bad, we either riot and overthrow the government or wait until next election like what we always do and VOTE.

Corporation Counsel Rob Agostisi, who has worked for our city for many years, is also on that questionable Separation Payout list, first published on this blog back in April 2018 [LINK: The 2.1 Million List]. Speaking of separation payouts, I am hoping New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli is still working on that audit that he publicly tweeted about early last summer. I’m not going to hold my breath on that one though….

Hey Tom, how is that audit going? I called your office many times and even wrote a few letters, but never heard back. What about the Nassau DA? It must be some thorough audit since it’s taking this long!

Going back to the whole campaign donation thing at the top of this post: Is that something our city should disclose? Is disclosure like campaign contributions even required? When do ethics come into play? How does this all work? I ask these questions as a taxpaying resident questioning the actions of our elected officials. We don’t live in a monarchy or a dictatorship. I am allowed to ask these questions. Plus is is all public info, so there.

I really don’t want to bring this blog back. I absolutely love not paying attention, so don’t get used to these posts at all…. but……

THIS PART IS WHERE I SELL OUT: If any of you really do like this blog, enjoy what I write and want it to continue, I really need an incentive to keep it going. Running this blog costs money to operate with the server, hosting space, domain name, legal fees against bully assholes. Yeah know, the basics. I would absolutely appreciate any support I can get. One way is through Robinhood, an investing app that offers commission free investing. If you use my referral link then we both will receive one share of a free stock! Yes, it benefits both of us! Robinhood claims you have a 1 in 150 chance of getting a free stock like Berkshire Hathaway, Apple, Microsoft. I only did the referral thing once and got a lousy share of Sprint, but hey, free money! share.robinhood.com/anthond3149  

Thank you! -Anthony

Commemorating The Wreck of the Mexico at Long Beach (1837) [October 20th]

The Long Beach Island Landmarks Association (LBILA) will commemorate the loss of the 115 passengers and crew members when the ship Mexico wrecked on January 2, 1837, just two hundred yards off of Long Beach. The victims – most of them Irish immigrants – froze to death on the deck of the ship, within sight of the land of their dreams. The unveiling of a plaque near the spot where they perished will help us remember this terrible tragedy. Joining the LBILA are many local historical societies and community groups who want to share their connection with those who died that day. 

For the past 20 years, the AOH of Nassau County and Historical Society of East Rockaway and Lynbrook have sponsored an annual ceremony at the victims’ gravesite in Lynbrook.  The LBILA is pleased to host this year’s ceremony with the unveiling of a historic plaque on the boardwalk. Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 11 AM. On the boardwalk at Lincoln Blvd. in Long Beach, N.Y.

 

Sinking Ship

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News12: Long Beach still operating without city manager

Judge awards developer Haberman revoked building permits for boardwalk towers

I wrote a year ago how I would rather see new Haberman buildings than another legal surcharge on my tax bill. You can read about that in my articled titled “I would rather see a new Haberman building than another legal surcharge on my tax bill.”

Barring any appeals from our city, Newsday reports that this matter is possibly coming to an end:

A Nassau County judge reversed a 2003 Long Beach Zoning Board decision revoking the building permit from a developer seeking $50 million in damages from the city.

……[Nassau Supreme Court Justice Jack] Libert’s decision does not award any damages in the case, but reinstates the revoked building permit within 30 days. The city was also required to install underground water utilities and extends the Haberman building permit  filed in 1992. [NEWSDAY]

I know there are a lot of residents in Long Beach who don’t want any more large condo development, but we cannot handle another legal surcharge on our tax bills. We have no money. We have to borrow every time something needs to be fixed. We still have to deal with the iStar lawsuit. We were recently named #1 in fiscal stress in New York State. We still have no city manager. Plus we have that comprehensive plan which… um.. uhhh. I’m not going there. The point is, we need to move on. I often fantasize how our city should just fold and be handed over to the City of Seattle. Yep, I would bypass all of New York and eastern seaboard. Those Pacific Northwest cities seem to know what they’re doing….

Anyway, I am getting off topic. Full article over at Newsday: Judge reinstates permit for Long Beach waterfront condos

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