Drinking Water Status and Sustainability Presentation

The Beach to Bay Central Council of Civics bring a presentation on problems the Long Beach Barrier Island’s drinking water currently faces. 

Thursday, June 23,2016 7:30pm

Long Beach Public Library Auditorium (2nd Floor)

Almost 4 years ago, when we published our post “Long Beach Drinking Water Meeting“(https://makingmypoint.wordpress.com/2012/10/11/long-beach-drinking-water-meeting/) this issue was being noticed. 

At the time,  Assemblyman Weisenberg said this was “the most serious problem in the city’s history.” Two weeks later,  disaster in the form of Sandy struck, and there were more immediate items that we needed to attend to.  

Can you imagine, our only source of nearly-free drinking water is neither protected nor managed to assure it remains clean, safe, and available- even into the near future?  

Please attend to find out more. 


Local response to Newsday’s Promotion Of South Nassau’s Poll


From Beach to Bay Civic :

Long Beach Barrier Island and Island Park residents are NOT satisfied with South Nassau Communities Hospital’s Proposal

Newsday article “Long Beach care OK: Poll” (Tuesday, January 19) was important as it can serve as the foundation for further discussion and planning.

 Beach to Bay Civic appreciates the questions that were asked; however, two very significant population groups were not included in the survey: 1) the very vulnerable and fragile nursing home population constituting 5% of the total barrier island; and 2) the summer influx of visitors which nearly doubles the population in need of health care. At the same time, several key questions were not asked, skewing the results and offering an incomplete view of the real needs and priorities of the residents… Of the 20 questions on the SNCH survey, 8 related to a Primary Care Physician, 3 pertained to Emergency Room, 4 were demographic questions, and only two questions asked about a Hospital. . No questions were asked about transportation difficulties, and there were no questions related to the problems of chronic disease such as stroke, diabetes and heart disease. 

Hurricane Sandy destroyed the Long Beach barrier island Hospital! Based on our discussion with various community groups, businesses and elected officials there is a recurring theme: Long Beach needs a Hospital – we presently have over a thousand petitions signed that express this need.
South Nassau’s survey is incomplete and inadequate. Here are some questions we think need to be asked:
– Emergency Room Capabilities: The new Emergency Room cannot accept ambulances with patients who have any of 9 medical conditions, including trauma, stroke, active labor and isolated hip fractures. Ambulances are required to bring these patients to either Oceanside or elsewhere. Are you satisfied with that level of medical care?
– Hospital Beds: South Nassau proposes to have no Hospital beds on Long Beach, requiring Hospitalization at their Oceanside Hospital. Do you believe that medical care for you or your family would be best served at a Long Beach Hospital or an Oceanside Hospital?
– Medical Pavilion: South Nassau has proposed a $40 million Medical Arts Pavilion to be built on the site of the former Long Beach Medical Center. The proposed Pavilion can treat patients who require dialysis, occupational therapy, behavioral problems (psychiatric and drug problems) and office space, but not include any Hospital beds. This means procedures requiring Hospital beds must be completed either in Oceanside or elsewhere. Are you in favor of or opposed to this proposed level of medical care?

– Loss of Doctors: Long Beach has lost almost half of its primary care physicians since Sandy, since Doctors tend to conduct business where there is a Hospital. Has this loss of Long Beach doctors affected your level of medical care? Is this a worrisome problem for you?
– Travel impact: Will your medical care be negatively impacted if the only Hospital facility is located in Oceanside or another site off the barrier island? Does the fact that you must travel to Oceanside to obtain hospital care constitute a difficult or impossible burden for you?


– FEMA Funds: FEMA has approved over $150 million to “rebuild an essential facility at the former Long Beach Medical Center site”. The South Nassau proposal only plans to spend $40 million on the Long Beach site, with the $100 million balance spent at the South Nassau Oceanside site. Do you think your level of medical care is best served by a Hospital in Long Beach or Oceanside? Do you think that this is a fair and responsible use of your tax dollars?*


[*The reason we believe these survey questions are needed is that South Nassau’s own research highlights these problems).


We also believe it is necessary for South Nassau to involve the community to a greater degree in proposals and planning. Last week South Nassau had 30 community representatives listen to a “preliminary Community Health Needs Assessment”. The meeting was beneficial, since it presented important information regarding our community’s health needs and enabled some questions to be asked. However, this was far different from having the community involved in planning its own health care future and having any say in the spending of its tax dollars.

South Nassau was asked by the community leaders to make available their slides, financial models, survey results, and raw data, but they have not agreed to do so.
This request for transparency would go a long way in improving the understanding and support for proposals, and might result in improved recommendations.
Bottom line: the barrier island Civics do agree that surveys and community discussions are desirable and beneficial. However, South Nassau needs to focus on issues important to the community, and involve the community in planning and decision-making.
Together is always better!

Thank you.
Barbara Bernardino, President 

Ed Glister, Project Manager 

Dr. Marty Gruber, Director of Research 

Phyllis Libutti, Vice President 

Demolition Set to Begin on Ye Olde Firehouse



Date: August 6, 2015

Demolition Set to Begin on Ye Olde Firehouse

On Wednesday, Aug. 6, the Town of Hempstead issued a permit to the Lido and Point Lookout Fire District to demolish Ye Olde Firehouse.

Beginning tomorrow, Aug. 7, the scaffolding surrounding Ye Olde Firehouse will be removed and temporary fencing will be erected around the building. Demolition of the firehouse will take place next week. The war memorial and the 1939 World’s Fair flagpole will be preserved.

On July 22, 2015 the Town of Hempstead’s Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 6-0 to deny the Point Lookout Lido Property Owners’ application to designate the firehouse as a landmark, as it does not meet the criteria established by the town’s Landmark Preservation Ordinance. In addition, the Division of Historic Preservation of the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation determined in an Aug. 3, 2015 decision that Ye Olde Firehouse does not retain adequate architectural integrity to qualify for listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

“Like many members of this community, I have fond memories of Ye Olde Firehouse,” said Commissioner Andrew Richter. “But as fond as those memories are, it is time for the community and the district to move forward into the future. On behalf of the all commissioners, I would like to wish the entire community an enjoyable and safe remainder of the summer. We look forward to a dialogue with the community this fall concerning our fire district facilities.”


Kaminsky Hosts 4/13/15 NYS Hospital Forum


MONDAY, APRIL 13 – 7:00PM –

Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky hosts NY State Health Department to hear our thoughts on the closure and loss of Long Beach Hospital.

Please attend the hearing, speak out and be heard.

You will get to ask why Long Beach Hospital was (illegally) closed, for whose benefit, and why South Nassau is not required to use the $180 million they received to rebuild the hospital on the hospital, but can spend it elsewhere. Probably the same reason I would guess.

Letter to the editor from Beach To Bay Central Council of Civic Associations:

The recent Herald article entitled “South Nassau Unveils Hospital Plans” was troubling since it confirmed that South Nassau’s plans are unresponsive to the medical needs of the 40,000 (doubling in the summer) residents of the Long Beach Barrier Island.

The South Nassau (SNCH) CEO, Richard Murphy, was quoted as saying the proposed Nassau Medical Arts Pavilion was “essentially a hospital without beds”. A “hospital without beds” is not a hospital.

The residents and visitors of our barrier island and nearby communities require more than meaningless phrases…we require a FULL SERVICE HOSPITAL..

On MONDAY, APRIL 13TH at 7pm, NYS Dept. of Health is coming to City Hall, 6th floor, to listen to us, the citizens of this barrier island, concerning our medical/emergency needs. We should voice our concerns.

The Beach-to-Bay Civic Association (BBCA) is a rallying center for various civic groups, community organizations, the Chamber and others demanding appropriate medical services. The BBCA and thousands of our neighbors are seeking a full-service hospital, using approved FEMA funds to help restore this island from the damage inflicted by Super storm Sandy.

The BBCA proposal, not the SNCH proposal, will save lives, and develop a twenty first century health facility for the residents and summer visitors to our barrier island, while reducing the unnecessary and costly ambulance travel. Furthermore, using FEMA funds in Long Beach, rather than elsewhere as South Nassau proposes, is fair and equitable . It follows the intent of Congress in appropriating FEMA funds. It will assist in the restoration of the City that suffered Sandy’s horror.

Beach to Bay Civic, representing the citizens of this island, has been advocating for this Public Forum for well over a year. Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky should be congratulated for his leadership in requesting the April 13th public forum. The BBCA, working with Assemblyman Kaminsky, encourages all concerned residents to demonstrate their solidarity and resolve. We demand that the DOH and SNCH support the rebuilding of health services in this community!

As a community, let’s promote this meeting and help our barrier community achieve a safe future.

Barbara Bernardino​​​
Phyllis Libutti​​​
Martin Gruber, M.D.
Dr. Dennis Ryan​​​
Frank McQuade​​​
Mark Tannenbaum
Matt Adler​​​​
Ed Glister​​​​​

Murray Declares State of Emergency 1/26/15

From Town of Hempstead:


Town Crews Respond to Storm;
Programs to be Cancelled Today through Wednesday

Hempstead Town’s snow salting and plowing crews are responding as this year’s first major snowstorm bears down on our area. A forecasted major winter blizzard has prompted Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray to announce a state of emergency. The town will be cancelling all Parks Department programs and registration starting today, Monday, January 26th at 1 p.m. through and including Wednesday, January 28th.The Department of Senior Enrichment is also cancelling programs as of 1 p.m. today through and including Wednesday, January 28th. Additionally, the Town Board meeting, an India Republic Day Ceremony (at Town Hall) and a Taxpayer Forum (at the Baldwin Public Library) slated for tomorrow, have been cancelled.

“Our town’s salt spreader and plow crews are on the job, doing everything within their power to keep our residents safe,” announced Murray. “What’s more, I’ve declared a state of emergency, requesting that all cars be removed from roadways, and I would urge all motorists to stock up on food and medical supplies now. Once the snow begins, the town will ask drivers to limit road travel to essential trips.”

Again, the town is requesting that homeowners remove cars from roadways so that town snow removal crews can effectively and efficiently salt and plow streets. Finally, Supervisor Murray cautioned residents to limit exposure to the elements as temperatures drop. Frigid temperatures and high winds are forecasted to accompany the storm. Murray also advised motorists that high winds may create “white out” conditions, which can severely limit visibility.

“Hempstead Town will be working to keep neighbors safe and roads clear as this winter storm hits our area,” said Murray. “We ask residents to help us by removing cars from roadways and by limiting car travel during peak snowfall periods.”