Senator Schumer Discusses Sandy Aid and Army Corps Project at Point Lookout

Senator Chuck Schumer and his local supporters (not in order): Tommy, Finn, Cole, Jack, Cameron, and Tommy.

Senator Chuck Schumer and his local supporters (not in order): Tommy, Finn, Cole, Jack, Cameron, and Tommy.

Point Lookout Civic Beach-Sunday January 27, 2013.
Today Local residents braved the cold at Point Lookout Civic Beach to hear Senator Charles Schumer and other local leaders address Point Lookout civic leaders and citizens about revisiting the Army Corps of Engineers plan for shoring up our shoreline.

Ocean ave. as residents head to the meeting

Ocean ave. as residents head to the meeting

Residents and representatives from Point Lookout, Long Beach and surrounding areas gather.

Residents and representatives from Point Lookout, Long Beach and surrounding areas gather.

Point Lookout made a good showing to come out and stand for our town.

Point Lookout made a good showing to come out and stand for our town.

the crowd welsomes US Senator Schumer to Point Lookout Civic Beach

the crowd welcomes US Senator Schumer to Point Lookout Civic Beach

At his side were State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford. Also represented were Long Beach, by City Manager Jack Schnirman and Councilman Len Torres. Also there was  Asharoken Mayor Dr. Gregory Letica and many others.

Harvey Weisenberg sporting his charity Sandy Survivor shirt. Long Beach groups are raising money with shirts like this one.

Harvey Weisenberg sporting his charity Sandy Survivor shirt.
Long Beach groups are raising money with shirts like this one.

charles schumer, Harvey Weisenberg and Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman make their way through the crowd.

Charles Schumer, Harvey Weisenberg and Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman make their way through the crowd.

Also in attendance were members of the Point Lookout Civic Association, Lido Dunes Civic Association and about 100 local residents.

The Senator and His supporters cheer for restoring our shoreline

The Senator and His supporters cheer for restoring our shoreline

At topic was bringing back the Army Corps of Engineers’ comprehensive barrier island plan for the nine mile stretch that we live on – Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Lido Beach, and Point Lookout. This would be part and parcel of the current Sandy Relief Aid Bill.

Senator Schumer speaks of the Army Corps of Engineers Restoration and Protection plan

Senator Schumer speaks of the Army Corps of Engineers Restoration and Protection plan

Senator Schumer discussed that Monday, January 28, 2013 is the vote in the US Senate for the Sandy Relief Aid package, passed by the house about 2 weeks ago (see our story “Walk a Mile In Our Shoes Goes to Washington”)

Senator Schumer Flanked By Harvey Weisenberg(Left) and Kate Murray and Denise Ford on the right.

Senator Schumer Flanked By Harvey Weisenberg(Left) and Kate Murray and Denise Ford on the right.

He is “optimistic, but worried”.  He says they have all 55 Democrat votes secured, but will still need 5 Republican votes to pass.  He had 12 commitments from Republicans, but  a number have already backed out (Luger, Snowe, Bailey-Hutchinson were named).

He said “most importantly, is this will give full aid to people who have lost their homes here, where the average damage is $100,000.00” .

Senator Schumer speaks about the Sandy Relief Aid Bill

Senator Schumer speaks about the Sandy Relief Aid Bill

The army corps’ plan is for a full rebuild, “not just to restore, but to make it better than it was.  That matters tremendously to homeowners- you want to know you have protection if you’re going to rebuild.”

Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor, thanked the Senator in advance for getting the aid into our municipalities and communities.

Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor, thanked the Senator in advance for getting the aid into our municipalities and communities.

Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray spoke thanking the leaders for getting the money for the municipalites so local taxes don’t have to rise.  “We stand behind the Senator to help get this passed. We thank the Senator and his colleagues in advance to do what is right for our towns and our residents”, and pass this legislation.

Harvey Weisenberg explains getting stopped By TSA for having boardwalk in his luggage!

Harvey Weisenberg explains getting stopped By TSA for having boardwalk in his luggage!

State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg of Long Beach spoke. He had high praise for the senator who he said was responsible for getting the generators and other equipment into Long Beach that got the city’s sewers back online. He thanked Peter King as well for going above and beyond for local residents.

To show his appreciation, he presented the Senator with 2 pieces of the now-defunct Long Beach Boardwalk.

Assemblyman Weisenberg presented Senator Schumer with pieces of the torn down Long Beach Boardwalk.

Assemblyman Weisenberg presented Senator Schumer with pieces of the torn down Long Beach Boardwalk.

NY State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg speaks about the Army Corps of Engineers plan.

NY State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg speaks about the Army Corps of Engineers plan.

He went on to make a short but impassioned speech saying “we need community input –  get involved.” And in account of the ACOE plan “for 20 years we worked on this(Army Corps of Engineers) plan. The 2006 city council in Long Beach were intimidated by people (to kill the plan), many from out of town. They scared people that we were going to have black sand and the like.  98 million dollars was lost.  Now, Six years later it’s “hey can we get that money back”.

Assemblyman Weisenberg Thanked Senator Schumer and Representative Peter King for their help throught the Sandy recovery.

Assemblyman Weisenberg Thanked Senator Schumer and Representative Peter King for their help throught the Sandy recovery.

Luckily, the answer is yes.

A member of the audience asked “what if Long Beach votes it Down again”?

To that, Long Beach City Councilman Len Torres stepped up to the podium and responded :

Len Torres says the majority is for the Army Corps Plan.

Len Torres says the majority is for the Army Corps Plan.

“As the current administration, along with our city manager, we have a complete majority on having the work done by the Army Corps of Engineers. Its not going to be what we saw six years ago.  We assure our Senator and the community of Long Beach that this plan, that began then, will be continued now.”

Asharoken Mayor Dr. Gregory Letica speaks about the vast damage in his town.

Asharoken Mayor Dr. Gregory Letica speaks about the vast damage in his town.

With that, the representatives surveyed the damage and Supervisor Murray showed the Senator what we have been doing here to dredge sand and make emergency dunes for whatever minimal protection we have at the moment here in Point Lookout. 

Chas Thompson shows Senator Schumer damage to our Dunes

Chas Thompson shows Senator Schumer damage to our Dunes

Andy Richter speaks to Senator Schumer about Fire Dept issues

Andy Richter speaks to Senator Schumer about Fire Dept issues.

The Senate vote on the Sandy Relief Aid Bill is set for 5:30PM, Monday January 28.

“Hopefully I can call my friends (here Monday Night)  at 7 and say “it’s done”, said Senator Schumer.

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Hempstead Town Board Approves Gas Station Generator Law

from the Town of Hempstead :

Back-Up Power Would Combat Fuel Lines During Major Power Outages

Supervisor Kate Murray, Senior Councilman Anthony Santino and members of the Town Board today passed a new Gas Station Generator Law in an effort to prevent the long fuel lines during major power outages.

The new legislation, proposed by Murray and Santino, requires gas stations in the township to have back-up generator power capable of operating fuel pumps in the event of a power outage. The officials said the legislation will help mitigate the impact of the type of fuel shortage that occurred in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“Long Island residents were slammed by Hurricane Sandy, and then slammed again by the fuel shortage and long gas lines that crippled our area after the storm,” said Murray. “Requiring gasoline retailers to provide generator back-up power to operate fuel pumps during serious electrical outages could mitigate fuel shortages during and after a crisis like Sandy.”

Gasoline stations that pump more than 100,000 gallons a month would be required to comply with the town’s new generator law. Existing gasoline retailers would have until January 15, 2015 to come into compliance with the new legislation. Newly constructed facilities would immediately be required to build gas stations to the new standard. Similar legislation has gone into effect in Florida and Louisiana.

“I think this common-sense legislation will help people to remain mobile after major catastrophes,” concluded Murray. “This law is one way we can mitigate the impact of major disasters that cause widespread power outages,” added Santino.

Walk A Mile in Our Shoes Goes to Washington DC

Photos and story by Sue Hecht

Photos and Story By Sue Hecht

a friend of mine had an interesting week last week, so I asked her to share it…


Story and Photos By Sue Hecht

The day started at 6:00 AM at Island Park Train Station.

As I get out of my car, there are LOADS of Paparazzi. Wasn’t really expecting that (I guess I thought that they would be in Washington). So, we all had to go on autopilot and get interviewed.

Ed Mangano, [Nassau County Executive] did a speech, and [Suffolk County Executive]  Steve Bellone. I had NO idea who he was, and I was so excited to see Erin Coltin from News 12, I asked him to take our picture, they both were hysterical over that. Then I got one of the three of us. I would say we left about 7-7:30AM.

photo by Sue Hecht

Getting Ready for the Trip to DC

During the bus ride, I get to know more people. Speaking to Peter (The Main Organizer of Walk A Mile). I learned he has had many losses in his life (which I can relate to) and he shares that he always relates back to the Book of Job and how he was given everything by God, then it was taken away. Job when asked by God about it said he still had his faith and God. It’s a bittersweet story for me.

photo by Sue Hecht

Support Us!

We stop about 3/4 of the way through in Delaware. I want to buy all the cute stuff in the gift shop (the girl in me) they have all “sea” kind of stuff. I really need a lint brush, because I don’t want to look like a mess in The House. No lint brushes I settle for wet-ones.

photo by Sue Hecht

On the walk from Union Square to the House Of Representatives

I have learned more stories about the people on the bus, making friends. We are briefed as news comes in. We got the permit to do the walk, then we were told we have been INVITED IN to the House, the idea then was no protesting.

We are able to do a Walk from Union Square to the House, Single File like in school 🙂 we are allowed to hold Flags when we walk and then give them up when we get to the house. I have never been to Washington DC to tour, So this trip is exciting for me – and yet, sad that we have to advocate so hard to get help.

goldenticket by Sue Hecht

The “Golden Ticket” into the House Of Representatives

We meet up with Peter King, and there is NO paparazzi except for the ones that came with us. We pose for pictures then go to the House. The House is just beautiful, Marble everywhere, magnificent statues and paintings that are unbelievable as well as the ceiling I imagine it was like the Cistene Chapel (never been there either).

Photo By Sue Hecht

Walk A Mile In our Shoes…On The Steps of the House Of Representatives

We get to watch the voting on the various Ammendments to the Sandy Relief Aid Bill. Nita Lowy is a superstar on the floor supporting NY. Ed Mangano sets up for us to go someplace to eat dinner, it’s closed so we walk a bit to the Dubliner (Irish Fare). We get word that the Final vote will occur very soon so we are in a rush to get out of there and get back to the House.

One of the Politicians tells us if they rule in our favor we can let out a little cheer. The vote is very close and yet we win and the Bill is passed. We let out cheers as Representatives are looking up at us, we get yelled at by the Speaker.

It was WELL WORTH it!

Photo By Sue Hecht

Walk A Mile.. at The Capitol Biulding, Washington DC

I am disappointed that there are 180 votes against the bill I found that to be disturbing. How would these people feel if this tragedy happened to them?! I am worried and feel we will need follow up on this Bill as NYC Fiscal dept already has a memo out that $ will be out in 2014.

Photo by Sue Hecht

Island Park’s message to Washington, DC

People need help now, I also worry that the money will go to Beaches, parkways and wonder really how much help the communities will be getting.

All in all it was a long day and I believe our work is NOT done yet.

from George:
Sue Hecht is one of many Island Park residents hit hard by Sandy.
For some perspective for people in and out of Point Lookout: Island Park, and East Rockaway in my opinion were slammed harder than most of Long Beach and much worse than here at Point Lookout. I know people on the bay here got hit hard! That damage is equivalent to broad swaths of the entire towns of IP and ER.   This is going to be a long road for these neighbors and we need to keep them in mind and stand with them.  I agree, the work is NOT done yet.
Thank You Sue for representng us and sharing your story! 

Nickerson Beach Garbage Pile Update

Nickerson Beach On January 7, 2013. The Garbage Pile has been sent away

Nickerson Beach On January 7, 2013. The Garbage Pile has been sent away

so happy to say.. this is a non-story, as it’s gone. people have been checking and asking, so here’s current photos.

Nickerson Beach Parking lot, Now a waste-transfer station

Nickerson Beach Parking lot, on 11/28/12, used as a waste-transfer station


At one point it was about 25 feet high and it seemed like we might have a “growing concern” on our hands.

It’s been a  hot topic – residents, neighbors and beachgoers had concerns about it, but after about 6 weeks, it seems to have been completely removed, finishing sometime in the last week or so.

Nickerson Beach, all the garbage has gone

Nickerson Beach, now down to bare pavement after handling the massive influx of storm damage debris

Gas Station Coming Soon… Again!

Point Lookout Gas Station under new construction.  we'll be glad to have em back!


Point Lookout Gas Station under new construction. We’ll be glad to have them back!

When I drove back into town tonight I couldnt help but share the newly(mostly) installed gas pumps.  ah, the little conveniences in life.

So far Sandy set their time table back about 6 weeks. I wonder how long before they’re up n running again.(?)

That goes for our own and Long Beach Merchants, too.

Point Lookout Polar Bears Kick Off 2013.

the first wave of polar bears makes it back to shore

the first wave of polar bears makes it back to shore

I like to think of myself as a man of action.  A leader, not a follower.  A Do-er! 

When it comes to jumping in  the ocean on a cold winters’ day, I like to think of myself as warm!!!

Today, well over 100 people of all ages gathered at Civic Beach to take the plunge, cheer on the plunge-ees, and welcome the New Year in the Point Lookout tradition. 

well over 100 people gathered… getting ready for the plunge.

At 12:00 noon, with the temperature in the high 30’s and a biting 20+ mph wind that made it feel like 20-25 degrees, the charge was led, and dozens took to the waves and participated in the annual event.

kevin

Kevin making a good run of it!

runners

can’t you just feel how cold that water is?

wrap up, dry off, warm up!

aftergroupwarmup

dry off, get warm…hurry!

wrappingitup

participants and spectators alike wrap up the festivites.

Thanks to all our polar bears, whatever your motivation!

crazy?

defiant resilience and the power of human will over the elements?

 just a good hangover cure?