Category Archives: Opinions

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

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

Hey Long Beach, hate traffic and parking issues? Design the city for E-Scooters.[This is not a joke]

E-Scooters are not a fad. They are not going away. Many cities across the country are embracing them because they are the ultimate cure for traffic, parking and pollution. Tacoma has them, Seattle very soon, and now NYC is drafting legislation to bring them to the Rockaways, Staten Island and other parts of the city:

“E-scooter legislation is being crafted as commuters get familiar with pedal-assist e-bike sharing services launched over the summer. Riders have rushed down Bay Street on Staten Island and across the Rockaway Boardwalk without breaking a sweat thanks to the small, battery-powered motors that provide an extra kick when the pedals are in motion.

…….Not everyone can ride a bike and not everyone wants to ride a bike every day,” [Paul Steely White, the executive director of Transportation Alternatives] continued. “And these [e-scooters] really have the potential to democratize and mainstream city-friendly efficient transportation. So let’s get with the program and figure out how to make room for them on the streets.” [AMNY]

As long as the car-loving -baby-boomers are in control (easy, I’m generalizing here), E-Scooters will never properly be embraced in Long Beach anytime soon….. but if we want to keep the young here, fight traffic, parking issues and be kind to the environment, it might be a good idea for our officials to start looking into it. I guarantee you are going to hear about these vehicles more and more in the future.


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Hey City of Long Beach: Bring us bike lanes! [NYC and the rest of the country are doing it]

From Long Island Streets:

“ICYMI, Pacific Boulevard is the next to be gutted and the city will not introduce bike lanes despite the high traffic of families and children as Pacific is home to one of the city’s most popular playgrounds, concession and beach area, well traveled by people going to school, and the Complete Streets legislation adopted July 2013.

To date we have had zero adherence to Complete Streets policy despite multiple large scale road reconstruction projects.”

So this entire Complete Streets initiative our City of Long Beach adopted is complete bullshit? If true, this is why the Rockaways are winning and Long Beach is failing. I was recently in Seattle and couldn’t believe how much that city has embraced bikes. More riding brings down traffic, the need for parking spaces (which we lack) and also there are obvious health benefits and helps us to be more engaged with our community. Long Beach, NY appears to be a backwards community that would rather appeal to giant pickup trucks that go through stop signs, I guess.

How can we stop this Pacific Blvd plan?

(The following guideline is complete bullshit, according to the City of Long Beach who adopted it.) 

For those keeping score, the Barefoot Bocce Semi-Finals have started

The Barefoot Bocce semifinals which began last night, continue tonight (Wednesday) and Thursday. Cheer on your favorite team over at the bayside by the boat launch ramp and skateboard park.

Please visit: barefootbocce.com. It’s worth a look to at least read the hilarious names of some of these teams. Being a junior member of the LB DOMS, I have no choice, but to root for them. Especially since they have uniforms. 

Some video of the Army Corps of Engineers dune project

The Army Corps of Engineers dune project and beach replenishment. We all know how inconvenient this project is… blah blah blah, but it’s a do-or-die situation. We either do it now or we die. Those of us who went through Hurricane Sandy back in 2012 know just how important this undertaking is for Long Beach future (see – Long Beach Future).

So I haven’t posted since the circumcision army took over Park Avenue back in July. I was kinda wondering how long I can go with that as the top post, but then took video of the Army Crops in action and had to share it.

Watch the two videos posted below. There is not much to explain here. They are replenishing the beach with sand that is being dredged out in the ocean. These videos were taken over at Neptune Blvd. The Army Corps are moving fast, so what you see here four days ago is already completely different today.  Also, as far as the sludgy sand quality is concerned, don’t worry. It will clean itself out. Everything is going to be ok.