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

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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 

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Solar Powered Homes Tour Tomorrow

Photo Courtesy EmPower Solar

Photo Courtesy EmPower Solar

Solar powered residents share their experience and enthusiasm in Lido Beach this weekend by showing you how solar works for them, and how it could work for you. 

Open to residents from Lido Beach, Point Lookout, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, and Island Park, EmPower Solar has arranged this special tour so people can see solar energy in action.

I had attended this about three years ago and it was very cool. So if you’re even remotely into or interested in renewable energy or solar power, by all means, check it out.

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You must register to receive locations.

Info from EmPower Solar:

What: Snacks & Refreshments with “EmPowered” neighbors
When: Saturday, May 4, 2013
Time: Stop by anytime between 12pm – 2pm
Where: Several homes in Lido Beach, NY
Who’s invited: Residents of Lido, Point Lookout, Long Beach, Atlantic Beach, Island Park

Please register for the tour by e-mail to

tbono@empowerces.com
with your name, phone number, and the number of people attending. EmPower will reply with the list of homes on this years tour.

This week’s Noreaster

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After completely failing to report last week’s “surprise” noreaster, which I found out about by driving through Island Park at high tide, no ones missing this one. As I drove on Austin blvd just before 8am, The canal looked at level with the street an inch away from flowing over into Starbucks parking lot.

Fast forward to this week and it’s quite a different story. I see all the “news outlets” have sent their “star reporters” down to the beaches so I guess we’re in for some kind of spectacle.

Anyway, I’m going to head down to Long Beach and help keep the cable news channel’s reporter from being swept away into the ocean by the hurricane force winds, meteorites and Sea monsters.
Just be safe, ill update if any of these watches become warnings.

Also, key info: tides courtesy of Mobile Geographics

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Meanwhile, here’s the latest National Weather Service update for Point Lookout and vicinity ( southern nassau)

COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY

REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM EST THIS EVENING

COASTAL FLOOD WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT LATE TONIGHT

TIDAL DEPARTURES

BETWEEN 2.5 AND 3.5 FT ABOVE ASTRONOMICAL TIDES.
BEACH EROSION

8 TO 14 FT BREAKING WAVES WILL RESULT IN MODERATE TO SIGNIFICANT BEACH EROSION ALONG ATLANTIC FACING COASTLINES.
TIMING

DURING THE TIMES OF HIGH TIDE WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND AGAIN LATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
IMPACTS

WHILE MOST LOCATIONS WILL EXPERIENCE MINOR FLOODING

THERE MAY BE LOCALIZED MODERATE FLOODING IN SOME OF THE MOST VULNERABLE SHORE ROADS AND/OR BASEMENTS DUE TO THE HEIGHT OF THE STORM TIDE OR WAVE SPLASH OVER. MAJORITY OF ROADS REMAIN PASSABLE WITH ONLY ISOLATED CLOSURES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY INDICATES THAT ONSHORE WINDS AND TIDES WILL COMBINE TO GENERATE FLOODING OF LOW AREAS ALONG THE SHORE. A COASTAL FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS FAVORABLE FOR FLOODING ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP. COASTAL RESIDENTS SHOULD BE ALERT FOR LATER STATEMENTS OR WARNINGS

AND TAKE ACTION TO PROTECT PROPERTY.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 6 PM THIS EVENING TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY

WESTERN AND CENTRAL LONG ISLAND.
HAZARD TYPES

WET SNOW.
ACCUMULATIONS

SNOW ACCUMULATIONS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE EXPECTED WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY. AN ADDITIONAL 1 TO 3 INCHES IS POSSIBLE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY.
WINDS

NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH. GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH ARE POSSIBLE ALONG THE IMMEDIATE COAST WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.
TEMPERATURES

IN THE LOW TO MID 30S.
TIMING

A MIX OF RAIN AND SNOW IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP THIS MORNING BEFORE CHANGING OVER TO ALL SNOW LATE THIS AFTERNOON. MODERATE SNOW IS POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING

WITH PERIODS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING.
IMPACTS

ACCUMULATING SNOW ON ROADWAYS COULD LEAD TO DIFFICULT TRAVELING CONDITIONS WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY. THE HEAVY

WET SNOW

COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS COULD LEAD TO DOWNED TREE BRANCHES

AND POWER LINES AS WELL. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW

SLEET

OR FREEZING RAIN WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SLIPPERY ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES

AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING

WIND ADVISORY

REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 6 PM EST THURSDAY

LOCATIONS

THE FIVE BOROUGHS OF NEW YORK CITY

LONG ISLAND

COASTAL PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN CONNECTICUT

HUDSON COUNTY

AND SOUTHERN WESTCHESTER COUNTY.
HAZARDS

STRONG WINDS.
WINDS

NORTH 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH.
TIMING

THE STRONGEST WINDS WILL OCCUR WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING.
IMPACTS

THESE WINDS COULD BRING DOWN TREE BRANCHES AND LIMBS

AS WELL AS DAMAGE POWER LINES

ESPECIALLY COMBINED WITH ANY ACCUMULATING WET SNOW THROUGH TOMORROW. DRIVING WILL BE DIFFICULT

ESPECIALLY ON ELEVATED ROADWAYS AND BRIDGES FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS

A WIND ADVISORY IS ISSUED WHEN SUSTAINED WINDS OF 31 TO 39 MPH

OR GUSTS OF 46 TO 57 MPH

ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. WINDS THIS STRONG CAN MAKE DRIVING DIFFICULT

ESPECIALLY FOR HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES. USE EXTRA CAUTION.

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.

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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!