We Need a Hospital, Barrier Island Residents Declare

we need a full service hospital, not a "Triage only" glorified doctors office.

we need a full service hospital, not a “Triage only” glorified doctors office.


Please note : The original story published has been changed to reflect a discrepancy in the quote from Jill Backlin, President of North East Bay and Canal Civics, to say that in relation to elected State officials she is  “appalled by the lack of advocacy on behalf of our city.”  Not “from our City”.



On Monday, March 24, 2014 well over 300 residents attended the forum on the fate of Long Beach hospital.

Lindell Blvd School auditorium rang with the words of speakers who called on the community, politicians and agencies to come together to bring the hospital back to Long Beach.

Currently there are plans on the table to subsidize bringing in a company, with a minimum of $6 million and up to $100 million possibly available or more.

Meanwhile it was revealed the property is on the market for a developer to purchase and possibly demolish and eliminate the hospital.

Long Beach real estate speaker Tom Tripodi confirmed it is on the market to developers, which he hopes doesn’t happen.

A “Huge blow to the Economy”

Barbara DuBow Bernardino, of Beach to Bay Central Council spoke. She said it is estimated that nearly 4500 direct and indirect jobs from the hospital are gone, the area now short of that financial economy.

Kerry Gustavson of Westholme Civic Association said “This was a tremendous blow to our economy. LBMC was a major employer in this town.” She explained the four nursing homes in town employ up to 250 people each. Without a local hospital, they have no one to work with.
“What happens when 4 nursing homes can no longer pay their bills?
We need to support a brand new, well run, community hospital for our businesses and the people.”

It was also explained that without a hospital, doctors offices in Long Beach are closing because the doctors don’t have a hospital to work out of.

The ripple effect of this is that those offices go empty, the employees – many of whom live, own, rent, shop and eat in the area are let go, and all money that they spent is gone from our economy.

First Responders Alarmed

Chas Thompson, Fire Commissioner from Lido Point Lookout Fire District spoke about how a five minute trip and half hour return from the hospital has now become 20 to 40 minutes to the hospital and two to three-hour return. When a second call comes in during that time, it has to be handled from a different company further delaying response.

“Point Lookout responded to 108 calls in Long Beach.” He explained that if Long Beach is unavailable, and you have to call Point Lookout it takes 5-8 minutes for members to get to the firehouse and get dressed, plus 5-8 minutes to Long Beach, “it can be close to an hour before reaching the hospital now” in those circumstances.

Island Park Fire Chief Ed Madden explained what it has been like. “Long Beach called today in mutual aid”. He explained that at the same time they had a gas emergency, and then an auto accident came in that an ambulance “eventually got to”. He also explained the pressures this is all putting on the members saying many “work in the private sector. Companies are very unforgiving when you’re 3 hours late” these days, because you responded to a call. Previously you may not have been late at all.

Jill Backlin, President of North East Bay and Canal Civics spoke about elected State officials:  “I am appalled by the lack of advocacy on behalf of our city and lack of support for the safety of our residents.”

Jackie Odom from Concerned Neighbors of North Park said “New York State Department of Health, without notice, shut down LB hospital. We need a free standing emergency room and full scale hospital.”

State the problem

Cliff Skudin said this “clearly comes from the state level.  Hopefully we can gain the momentum to get this done”.

Phyllis Libutti Co-Coordinator of Beach To Bay Central Council, said of the person who closed LBMC: “Dr. Shah from the NY State Health Department serves at the pleasure of the governor. The financial difficulties cited as the reason for closing the hospital requires a new administration, not closure of the hospital.

The real reason you are depriving our community of this asset is unclear,” she said.

(Editors note -I think this is the crux of the situation right there!)

“What you do from here will determine whether we have a hospital”, said Gerry Myerson of Lido Dunes Civic Association.
“There was a hospital before and there has to be a hospital again.”


What you can do:

Sign the petition by clicking here

Call Governor Cuomo (518)474-8390
Call Senator Skelos (518)455-3171
Call Assemblyman Weisenberg (518)455-3028
Get the name of who you spoke to so the call is logged properly!

Alert your friends and family to do so by sharing this information.

The Mailing from Senator Skelos asking what you think.  PLEASE- let him know

The Mailing from Senator Skelos asking what you think. PLEASE- let him know we need a full hospital.

Fill out and sign Sen. Dean Skelos’ questionnaire that was mailed to every household/voter in the district. Make sure you put on there that we want a full service hospital in addition to the walk-in emergency doctors office he has secured $21.6 million for. If you do not have it, print the picture of it here out, fill it out and mail it to this address:
Senator Dean Skelos
55 Front St
Rockville Centre NY. 11570


Event: PLLFD 2nd Community Meeting


The Point Lookout – Lido Fire Department Commissioners are holding the second public outreach meeting Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7:30 PM at Point Lookout Firehouse.

Synopsis of last meeting:

The Great Fire Bond Fail of ’13



The results are in.

The fire department reports:

1105 Total number of votes cast

_260 Number of votes in favor of proposition

_758 Number of votes against proposition

__21 Number of Affidavit Ballots

__66 Number of void votes

Statement from The Lido and Point Lookout Fire District:

The voters spoke and the outcome was disappointing to say the least. This was a solid plan to set up the infrastructure of the Point Lookout-Lido Fire Department for the next 50 yrs. We have been working tirelessly on this plan for the last two years and adapted the plan after Superstorm Sandy to meet the needs of the community in light of a large scale disaster. We really had no bells and whistles in the plan, just expanding the Firehouses to accomodate the larger fire apparatus that is required now as to 40 years ago, and shower facilities for the firefighters. The Fire District has been financially prudent for many, many years and will continue to be for the future. We will sit down and look at the results of the Bond Vote over the next few days and plan our course of action. We would like to thank those community members that supported the plan and will take input from all residents as we continue to plan for the future.

No word at this time if or when a new plan will be explored.

Opinion: Today’s Firehouse Bond Vote

Vote in the Fire District Bond Issue, Today, Tuesday, Jul;y 9,2013

Vote in the Fire District Bond Issue, Today, Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at Point Lookout FD Headquarters and Lido Firehouse from 4PM-9PM

You know what they say opinions are like, so stop reading now if you’d rather not know mine.

I want to thank the numerous people I met and talked with about this issue on both sides: who shared their opinions, comments, and knowledge and participated in this discussion. Its obvious people Continue reading

Fire Commissioner Speaks on the Bond Vote

I met up with Fire Commissioner Chas Thompson at his Day Job at Long Beach Lifeguard Station

I met up with Fire Commissioner Chas Thompson at his Day Job at Long Beach Lifeguard Station

related posts:

Fire Dept $7 mil Plans
Fire Dept Open House #2, at Lido Firehouse
Discourse And Poll: Fire Department Bond Issue
Fire Dept Answers at Civic Meeting

related links to cost estimates for construction :
Ye Olde Firehouse Cost estimate
Headquarters Cost Estimate
Administration Bldg(Command Center) Cost Estimate
Lido Firehouse Cost Estimate
Ye Olde Firehouse inspection Report

After Tuesdays Civic Association meeting with the fire department that got heated at times, I tracked down Fire Commissioner Chas Thompson, as he finished a days work at the Long Beach Lifeguard Station, where he has served for 30+ years. He spoke of the meeting:

“It was a rough night. I think a lot of people were passionate about what they’re trying to say. I agree if you own a piece of property, you should have representation but we don’t make the law, we’re just following New York State code.

“As far as absentee ballots we’ve never had absentee ballots and we are running the same way we always have.

“Then for people to question the integrity of who’s counting the ballots…
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