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Eddie April 17, 2014 at 01:09 PM
A consultant is hired who performs a nationwide search, putting ads in far-away newspapers andRead Moreinter viewing veteran professionals who deserve the job. They find the best qualified candidate is the political hack chosen by the Democratic District Leader. Then they make recommendation to the Democrat-chosen school board which appoints the hack. A public relations firm is hired to construct a glowing resume for the hack and handle any community fallout steaming from his any past communist/criminal/immoral activity. The cost of the search is passed on to the taxpayers along with the additional expenses of securing the candidate, such as gasoline for his whole family as long as he lives, purchase of a luxury automobile, and relocation and housing allowances. These costs are promoted to emotional women voters as necessities "for the children". The hack then kicks back a monetary donation to the Democrats. In three to five years he is replaced and the process is repeated.
Laura April 17, 2014 at 01:21 PM
Penquin, you can send a check to the Democrats. They support killing babies and that may make youRead Moref eel better about the ones you had killed, you pig.
LB TAXPAYA April 17, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Wow, Thanks Eddie! I thought there was a really "FAIR" process. I guess not
Sent from my Lear Jet April 15, 2014 at 10:00 AM
Please be specific. If you're talking about Joe Kellard I think you are completely off the railsRead Moreon this. I never met the man except via emails. He jumped through hoops to be impartial/middle of the road. My own posts are currently anti dem because they currently control city hall. I have stomped all over Harvey W several times, but I defended him on the beach disaster rising from hurricane Sandy. Harvey stood solidly for the Pete King/US Army Corps of Engineers plan that would have saved LB from much of the damage. I also have hammered the republican city council who shot down that plan at the behest of a noisy group of out of town surfers who packed a single council meeting. I'm a registered republican only because I registered as such because a friend starting out in republican politics asked me to do so. I think that all of this tea party crap is destroying the GOP as is the "conservative" neo nazi rubbish that accompanies the tea party. Joe Kellard was as straight as an arrow and is missed.
Bob West April 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM
@lear jet, eddie- I know the three of us have very different political views, but I think we allRead Morewan t what is best for our island. The old JK Patch actually did some investigative reporting, which we'll never see again. This Patch is computer-generated and aims at a young demographic. Many of the "articles" are just pasted in blogs, unchecked and unverified info. All they want is articles with "key words" which encourage click-through revenue. An example is today's "The War on Women Marches Onward." This is actually written by a guy on an anti-pit bull campaign, from Waltham MA. Eddie, I'd guess all 3 of us are over 50. On the web and on TV, we are not the targeted audience any more. The ads are served up by tracking companies like ATWOLA, owned by AOL. The choice of ads is from what sites you've visited before and what articles you click on today. I've also found that I get a completely different "front page" depending on which web browser I use, Internet Explorer or Firefox. Honestly, I think political party influence doesn't control Patch content. It's just money, big money. Content is meaningless unless it contains terms that draw clicks. As for political parties, the past year has made me lose faith in ALL of them, they're just a shill for the money behind them. Realtors own Long Beach, not the Dems. (Along with a few other special interests.) Our Elections are pretty much like the old Soviet Union's. "My" Dems expected me to vote for criminal Tom Suozzi for County Exec??? They are "my" Dems no more. Urban planning in our area is just run according to the old maxim "money talks, nobody walks." ......... this is way off topic, but the background of the new Principal really needs to be vetted. I'm trying to figure out how to put it into words.
Eddie April 15, 2014 at 03:43 PM
Lear, I have the highest regards for Joe Kellard. It was his former boss to whom I referred. IRead Moreagr ee that Joe truly tried to be an impartial journalist, and I feel he did a great job. What a pity to see him leave Patch. You know Patch fired all these guys with a conference call, right? http://consumerist.com/2014/02/03/its-nothing-personal-hundreds-of-patch-employees-laid-off-during-conference-call/
Eddie April 17, 2014 at 01:14 PM
You are so right, Lear. But in Long Beach, the Law of Politics trumps the Laws of physics everyRead Moretim e. Don't you know that water doesn't seek its own level here?
Castles Made of Sand April 17, 2014 at 01:52 PM
There are not dozens of designs. Its plastic sheet pile or pressure treated wood. You have a fewRead Moreopt ions in thickness of plastic sheet, coated or uncoated poles and whalers, and thickness of tie-back rods. That’s about it. The height of the bulkhead is what’s in question. Long Beach would like to see every new bulkhead be constructed taller than what they are now. Most average about 7’ above sea level and the “requested” height is 9 feet. If your neighbor’s new (or old) bulkhead is at 7’ and you build a new one at 9’, you will be flooded just the same as if you were at 7’. That much is obvious. Anything shy of constructing all bayfront homes with higher bulkheads and installing gates at the end of the canals is a pointless conversation. Remember too that bulkheads don’t hold back water. They are engineered to keep earth from falling into the water. Sure, a higher bulkhead will prevent some minimal washover in the occasional Nor’easter and low level hurricane but people need to get it through their heads that nothing will stop the flooding of another Sandy. We live on a sand dune that would have been gone years ago if not for the engineered jetties. Sea level is rising folks, it’s an undeniable fact for this region. Elevate your home, or go about your daily life and just forget about the “next” storm and deal with it when or if it happens again. The entire drainage system on this barrier Island is old and damaged. Remember, it’s a sand dune that we live on. Shifting sands over time have created cracked, back-pitched, and sand infiltrated drainage systems. Again, shy of ripping up every single road and re-piping the whole island to the tune of 100’s of millions, we will get flooded more and more often. It’s time to move, elevate, or stop talking about it. The City bulkhead program is $850 per linear foot paid back over 20 years with interest. Local contractors get between $450 and $550 for the same job, same materials list. If you have the money up front, local marine contractors area better deal. The projected timeline for the City is expected to be 2 years. If $300 a month is more workable than being out of pocket $35K, then go for it. At least they are offering an option that makes it accessible to more residents.
Eddie April 17, 2014 at 02:33 PM
Nice information from you as usual Castles. As always, the devil is in the details. ComponentRead Morespac ing and selection changes everything. As Castles says, bulkheads don't do much to keep water out. A raising water table will bring the water up from the ground no matter how high the bulkhead is built. And while water levels are rising, they have only risen three inches in the past century, so don't expect a disaster every weekend. Our infrastructure isn't the best, it's aging quickly and we have elected a gang who knows little about it and has little concern.
Eddie April 16, 2014 at 04:23 PM
Looks like he corrected his spelling. Unfortunately a tattoo artist's lack of spelling ability can Read Morebe important.
Bob West April 16, 2014 at 10:28 PM
@Eddie- off topic, but I'm happy to see you reclaimed your identity from the forces of darkness.Read MoreThe truth will out.
Eddie April 17, 2014 at 08:08 AM
Bob, nice seeing you here too!
Sandy Man April 10, 2014 at 03:23 PM
move to port wash, LB is broke and cannot afford this stuff
Misty April 10, 2014 at 03:41 PM
You sound like you are frustrated. If your child has significant special needs then maybe lbhs isRead Moren ot the best placement for him/her. Don't blame the school and the special ed dept. I have seen their work and always found them to be highly accommodating and professional at all times. Perhaps you are having a bad day.
kevin sturm April 10, 2014 at 08:46 PM
I am frustrated...he is fine where he is...there some people in this district that have their ownRead Morea genda..and they are leaving me no choice..this nonsence has been going on for almost two years
kevin sturm April 10, 2014 at 07:15 AM
why are they even doing curb work on the meadians when are roads are so full of potholes...justRead Moreanot her ass backwards move by long beach...fire all those bozoes and hire people that know what their doing !!!
jv April 11, 2014 at 01:55 PM
Watch for the Long Beach Boardwalk Operating Authority. It's coming with more friends. MoreRead Morefamily . More taxes.
Penquin April 11, 2014 at 01:57 PM
How can they look at themselves in the mirror each morning jv? Aren't they residents too?
Penquin April 11, 2014 at 02:05 PM
JV, just found your old post from October regarding this subject. Why are they taking $18MM inRead Moreseria l bonds? What is it supposed to cover?
28 April 07, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Hard to ignore the urine stench as well. Waldbaums needs to address this. You do not feel safeRead Moreth ere. Thank goodness King Kullen is here now.
Darion Hicks April 08, 2014 at 06:31 PM
the same situation happens all throughout long beach so why highlight waldbaums?? Imagine yourselfRead Morea t dinner down west mid july with your weekend guests the first thing they see are people stumbling out the bars all drunk peeing on public property passed out in the street cursing screaming harassing your guests vomitting because they don't know how to limit themselves.... yes there is a problem in the waldbaums recycling machines ......there is a fair share of problems elsewhere in town which also NEED to be addressed!!!
Penquin April 09, 2014 at 09:54 AM
Welcome I-Sore residents to a stumbling West End, a potentially unsafe Waldbaums, and $40MMRead Moreboardwal k and no hospital. May this project crash and burn.
jv April 06, 2014 at 07:35 AM
Full of incorrect information about flood insurance and laws related to reconstruction.
Penquin April 08, 2014 at 10:39 AM
We need a hospital Eddie. It takes the EMTs 2-3 hours to make a round trip, not to mention theRead Morepers on in the back of the ambulance sitting on the bridge. Yes, LBMC mgmt. messed it up. I would rather have the old boardwalk + a SEAWALL to protect the city, then a $40MM boardwalk. ($10 Fema - $30 Cuomo). What did you think of the 21 child care violations at Magnolia Daycare?
tom brennan April 11, 2014 at 04:52 PM
we also need working fire hydrants before a boardwalk
tom brennan April 11, 2014 at 04:52 PM
also a new police commish
Jonathan Kaplan April 02, 2014 at 09:18 AM
A lot of my associates in the Jewish community support this guy but as a former US Marine and 3rdRead Morege neration vet I can not support these actions because they are more of a danger to the American Jewish community than helpful to Israel. It sends a bad message to the military community in the US if this guy gets some kind of pardon.
Jeff Dahmer April 03, 2014 at 10:43 PM
Let him rot in jail or better yet send him to Guantonamo
Sent from my Lear Jet April 05, 2014 at 07:55 PM
Tired: You still haven't shared the names of the other bidders for Pollard's secret documents. Read MorePoll ard was receiving$1500/monthly from the Israeli intelligence services and his wife received expensive jewelry. Israel handed him over to the US government, disowning him, then changed their mind. Let him serve every minute of his sentence, he is a dirt bag and a traitor to The United States. Let him rot.
JohnnyH April 01, 2014 at 04:27 PM
Do the speed limit and you won't have to worry about them! What's the problem? I wish I had one onRead Morem y block. Nassau would make millions! 9am every morning mini vans with soccer ball stickers on the back running late for the school down the block doing 60mph. Put the cameras up so morons wake up a little earlier or pay the fine
Jeff Dahmer April 03, 2014 at 10:54 PM
Install Stop Sign Cameras
dee April 04, 2014 at 04:33 PM
They're over paid already, damn right cut the budget.
Eddie March 31, 2014 at 07:59 AM
There's no bill to install speed cameras, no unions supporting speed cameras. Just underachieversRead Morew ho envy anyone earning a living wage. Without unions, most labor would be in your shoes, working for $12/hour and sucking their bosses' cheeks for a day off. Instead of making up stories like these to hide your envy, how about bettering yourself so you could earn a living wage?
Jack March 31, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Let me know when you find that ex-con Teamster union boss Hofa. He did such a fine job. Look atRead MoreDetr oit today and ask who is living better.
Jack March 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Suffolk's Steve Baloney and Nassau's Ed Maggot budgeted millions of dollars from speed cameraRead Moreticket revenue in their budgets to pay for the county's union workers salaries and raises as per the left wing rag Newsday. Idiots tolerate this stuff.
Alison D. Gilbert March 31, 2014 at 08:24 AM
Is this the complex on the Superblock? What a mess to start construction in the summer time when LB Read Moreis the most crowded with a multiplied population of beach goers and summer rentals.
Penquin March 31, 2014 at 10:35 AM
Is there any portion of the LB city website or any other one that tells us what properties are forRead Mores ale or sold, or when construction is starting?
Sent from my Lear Jet March 30, 2014 at 12:14 PM
There was a tool booth on the loop years ago. When you left Lido headed north, after the drawRead Morebridg e but just before the turnoff for Jones Beach and Captree there was a single booth. They collected two different tolls either for Merrick or Jones Beach from the booth. That ended around the time that the tolls were lifted for the SS Parkway.
Jack March 30, 2014 at 06:01 PM
Also the county workers and school teacher unions are pushing for speed cameras to be a source ofRead Morefu nding for their raises. Tell your assembly and senate reps to vote NO to this scam.
Beachguy March 31, 2014 at 08:17 AM
Now I know where my tools went. And if you leave Lido and head north you will soon find yourselfRead Morein the channel. Hope your compass is working up there in your Lear Jet.
kevin March 23, 2014 at 10:36 AM
i must say i must be very lucky , i hear and read about all these stories of these poor people that Read Morehaven't received any relief checks in months and some in a year and a half. so anyway i walked into the new york rising office in oceanside on or around Feb.8th to register, had someone to look at the damage by my house within 2 weeks and within 3 weeks they sent me an award letter ,and within another 2 weeks received a check for $83,455.00. i must say, they were right on with whatever they told me. Thank You , New York Rising. People sorry you're going through this but keep the faith. Good Luck.
danny-boy March 24, 2014 at 09:35 AM
Kevin, Please tell us what the money was for and as many of the details as you can - I was thereRead Morean d still confused, and still awaiting another inspection. I cancelled my first inspection about 6 weeks ago after they told me they would only consider funds to raise my house, the funds were said to be under $10,000. This is way too late as the house has been restored and would be starting all over again.
Me March 24, 2014 at 11:33 AM
Danny-Boy: According to my "Allowable Activities" document they said it was almost $70KRead Moreto raise the house and another $3K or so for each set of stairs to the existing doors (they only pay for 4’x4’ at landing). It’s hard to carve out from the grant all of the other items required due to the lift or to say specifically what amount of grant was for the elevation. But I was getting reimbursed for work already done so that may have made a difference. In the end between insurance and NYR I was left holding the bag for around $40K. I’m sure some of that is for stuff they considered "luxury items." From what I understand part of the issue is they don’t separate the repair from the elevation in the grant. For example if you got a big insurance payout for expensive cabinets and appliances or high end floors and trim work your flood insurance payout comes out to weigh more than they calculate the cost to repair damage should be and the extra amount ends up counting against what they will give towards the elevation. The other issue is they keep screwing people who took out the SBA loans. Keep fighting and see what they will give you don’t give up the money is there as anything is better than nothing. I have heard from neighbors and coworkers that there is some negotiating that can be done on the numbers as well before the final grant amount is determined. I would suggest you get one of their “NY Rising Approved” contractors to come in and give you at least a rough estimate that you can show your caseworker. Another thing is make sure you see how much they are saying you need to lift the house. I heard someone on here a while back saying how they were told by NYR they only needed to raise the house two feet but that wouldn’t comply with the NY State building code that says it has to be two feet over the BFE. Not sure how that ended up but I would imagine it went in the homeowners favor.
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