Long Beach LNG Press Conference Today 1/15/15

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The Long Beach City Council encourage you to come out to the Press Conference Against the Port Ambrose LNG Facility.

Today, Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 4pm
Long Beach Boardwalk at National Blvd (Allegria Hotel).

The Council will be joined by

  • Congresswoman Kathleen Rice,
  • State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky and
  • County Legislator Denise Ford

 

in their unanimous opposition against Port Ambrose, the proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) site off the coast of Long Island.

Please share this information with friends, family and neighbors.

For more information on Port Ambrose and to leave a comment, visit https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/12/16/2014-29369/deepwater-port-license-application-liberty-natural-gas-llc-port-ambrose-deepwater-port

Long Beach To Fight Port Ambrose LNG Facility

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With the threat of a newly revitalized approval process looming, The Long Beach City Council has unanimously decided to officially and publicly oppose the Port Ambrose Liquefied Natural Gas project proposed off Long Beach and our Barrier Island.

Long Beach City Council will speak at this public meeting:

Community Meeting – Port Ambrose Resolution Announcement
Monday 12/8/14 7:30pm
Long Beach Public Library,
111 Park Ave. Long Beach, NY 11561

RSVP for The event on facebook here

Click here for the official City of Long Beach web page about their fight against Port Ambrose:

Background:

After similar proposals had been shot down 3 times previous, I had first featured the project in June of 2013
please see our previous posts :

“Liquid Natural Gas Port Off Pt Lookout!?”

And

“LNG: They Said It Couldn’t Happen”

Back then, on very short notice, the sole public hearing was scheduled to coincide with the 4th of July weekend. Public outcry did force the date to a more accessible time a week later.

400 people went to speak against the project. .
25,000 comments were lodged Against the project
17 comments were lodged In Favor of the project.

Sometime shortly after that, the company’s paperwork was so atrocious, the Maritime Administration took the unheard of measure of “stopping the clock” on the project’s approval timeframe, instead of rejecting the project.

The company seems poised to return to continue the process where they left off. Opposition is building once again in anticipation of that.

Residents Rally for a New Hospital

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With the last hints of summer in the air on a sunny Sunday in the City of Long Beach, over 400 rallied at Kennedy Plaza to demand officials bring  a hospital back to Long Beach.

On Sunday October 26, 2014, Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations brought together over a dozen local leaders who advocated for a new hospital.

Long Beach Medical Center was lost to Sandy. Since, a inexplicable bureaucratic nightmare has ensued, and ensured that Long Beach still remains without a hospital.

Dennis Ryan, Ph.D., current Long Beach School Board Trustee, pictured above, spoke of stewardship of the community. He said “It is important to pass on the community that we’ve received to the next generation”.

Rabbi Bennett Hermann, Temple Emanu-El said
“I’m amazed why we need these (“Long Beach Needs A Hospital”) signs. It was a bureaucratic and political” decision to close it.

Even though it is 2 years later and $170 million is in play for its return, that money was given with seemingly no real assurances of what will be rebuilt.

Beach to Bay’s Barbara Bernardino said “Millions of Sandy and FEMA dollars have been used. What do we have to show for all that?”

Concerns are running high that there is no requirement of South Nassau Communities Hospital to spend any of the money in Long Beach if they so choose. This seems to be true.

Eileen Libutti said “SNCH must use the allocated FEMA funds in Long Beach to open a hospital.”

Long Beach City Councilwoman Fran Adelson said “we need that money to be spent in Long Beach. If the bridge goes up, we all know how devastating that could be”

Councilwoman Eileen Goggin said “Now the sale is complete, SNCH must provide Long Beach with a full service hospital… And spend any and all funds here in Long Beach and nowhere else.”

Lido and Point Lookout Fire Commissioner Chas Thompson highlighted the dangers posed for residents when his ambulance travels the extra time all the way to Northern Oceanside. That round trip for their department has become nearly 2 hours of unavailability if a second call comes in.
“We need the burden off our first responders to get the proper care we need”

“These first responders have to have the tools to be successful” said Mark Tannenbaum Long Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Our elected officials must work with our city council to bring that hospital back”

Over 400 gathered at Kennedy Plaza

Over 400 gathered at Kennedy Plaza

Real Estate Agent Joe Sinnona spoke of the rumored plan for new luxury rentals and why that is not necessarily good for real estate: “Rentals and condos have people in them…who need hospitals. Governor Cuomo -open our hospital.”

Deborah Bernardino Arden
“It could be any one of us. Ambulances do not fly. What happens when the bridge is up?”

Barbara Bernardino summed up the sentiment of many residents: “if South Nassau cannot open a hospital here, return the money and move on.
It is only fair. The state has been a big part of the problem it’s time for them to be part of the solution”.

Kerry DiStefano of the PTA sums it up best: “We call on our elected officials to push through the red tape”.

Long Beach City Council Letter to SNCH

copy of the letter Long Beach City council sent today to South Nassau Communities Hospital.

copy of the letter Long Beach City council sent today to South Nassau Communities Hospital.

 

see our post from earlier today: Beach To Bay: Long Beach City Council Must Act

In response to the campaign  from Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations to please get the Long Beach City Council to pass a resolution Tuesday June 3, 2014, that demands a full service hospital return to Long Beach, the city today sent, published and posted a letter to the CEO of South Nassau Communities Hospital.

The letter asks the hospital to discuss their plans for Long Beach Medical Center. This is the link to it on the City website 

It also states they would like the $138 million, that the hospital seemingly got with no strings attached for Long Beach Medical Center,  to actually be spent there and not at their other facilities(can you freakin believe that !!)

 

Text of the letter:

June 2, 2014
Mr. Richard Murphy, CEO
South Nassau Communities Hospital
One Healthy Way
Oceanside, New York 11572
Dear Mr. Murphy:
Please be advised that the City Council, along with the City Manager, is hereby requesting a
meeting with you and the Board of Directors of South Nassau Communities Hospital to discuss
the next chapter in the re-opening of the Long Beach Medical Center.
The summer season is upon us, bringing tens of thousands of visitors to our community. The
need and desire for a functioning hospital with a 24 hour 911 Receiving Emergency Department
in the City of Long Beach is critical. Therefore, we are anxious to meet and to hear what plans
and progress has been made since your acquisition of the facility.
Further, we believe that it is imperative that all of the 138 million dollars provided through
FEMA goes directly into the rehabilitation of the future facility.
Please contact the Office of the City Manager as soon as possible in order to schedule a meeting.
We look forward to working with you in order to provide for the public safety, health and
welfare of the people of our community and the entire barrier island.
Very Truly Yours,
City of Long Beach City Council

 

 

Thank you to Anthony Eramo, who responded to our tweet today:

Sorry my impatience with this is showing.

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The fight is still on to have the City Council pass a resolution.

Beach to Bay are asking everyone to attend the City Council Meeting and wear red Tuesday June 3,2014 to show support for a full service, 24/7 hospital with full emergency room.

Beach To Bay: Long Beach City Council Must Act

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Beach to Bay Central Council of Civic Associations is asking Long Beach residents to please get the Long Beach City Council to pass a resolution at the City Council meeting Tuesday June 3, 2014, that demands a full service hospital return to Long Beach.

Can you believe the city council still hasn’t, as a body,  legally done this, even a stupid resolution passed???

This is the same City Council who were so offended and upset that a resident had said they had seemed not to act on this issue, back at the March Beach to Bay sponsored Hospital meeting. They were so upset that they forced retractions of that statement.

Then we got this wonderful update :

LB Herald: FEMA to release funds to South Nassau

that says even tough the whole $100 million asked for,  plus $42 million more, $142 million total going to South Nassau, STILL doesn’t guarantee us ANYTHING, even an emergency room that was already rebuilt and ready to reopen a year ago.

My rant in response to what is going on has been withheld for a different post. Please contact Long Beach City Council on behalf of Beach to Bay and call 431-1000 x 7200 to reach the members of the City Council.

Scott J. Mandel (City Council President)
Fran Adelson (City Council Vice President)
Athony Eramo (City Council Member)
Eileen J. Goggin (City Council Member)
Len Torres (City Council Member)

you can contact Beach to Bay by clicking here

Get Moving! Chuck Schumer Returns to Point Lookout

Johanna Dullahan shakes hands with Senator Chuck Schumer as more Point Lookout Ambassadors observe (l-r)  Erin Brown in turquoise, Sarah Magan in navy, and Stella Curtin in white and blue coat

Johanna Dullahan greets Senator Chuck Schumer as more Point Lookout Ambassadors welcome him, with a few signs of appreciation (l-r) Erin Brown in turquoise, Sarah Magan in navy, and Stella Curtin in white and blue coat

Full funding, $150 million, in place as part of Sandy Aid Bill to pay for Long Beach Barrier Island Storm Damage Reduction Project

“coming back bigger, better, stronger than ever “

Sunday March 24, 2013, Point Lookout Civic Beach- Dozens of politicians and civic leaders descended on Civic Beach to rally around the coming together of the 4 towns in the now fully funded Long Beach Barrier Island Storm Damage Reduction Project, in front of dozens of residents of Point Lookout, Lido Beach, Long Beach and Atlantic Beach.

Senator Schumer and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray at Point Lookout Civic Beach

Senator Schumer and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray at Point Lookout Civic Beach

“Today the dream of being safe from storm damage is much closer to reality, and that’s something we can all cheer”, said Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray. “We are united as a barrier island”.

Kate Murray, flanked by Point Lookout Ambassadors (l-r) Megan Cox, Erin Brown, Sarah Magan (in navy) Lauren Cox (in charcoal Gray) Stella Curtin (rear in white coat) and Johanna Dullahan (in hot pink coat). Thank You Ladies!

Kate Murray, flanked by Point Lookout Ambassadors (l-r) Megan Cox, Erin Brown, Sarah Magan (in navy) Lauren Cox (in charcoal Gray) Stella Curtin (rear in white coat) and Johanna Dullahan (in hot pink coat). Well Done- Thank You Ladies!

Senator Chuck Schumer spoke: “After a decade of planning, multiple storms and destruction, we have finally secured $150 million to give Long Beach the protection it needs”.

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The senator said that there’s three steps to be done now.

"Thats something we can all applaud"- Kate Murray

“Thats something we can all cheer”- Kate Murray

The first is the engineering and design study, which must be coordinated with the building of the Long Beach Boardwalk. This could take 3 to 4 months.

Then that has to go out to bid to hire the contractors. This will take several months as well, and they want to start as soon as the study is done.

Then to start the work, which will take months as well.

Kelly Curtin, bringing back(?) the monorail.(?)

Kelly Curtin, bringing back(?) the monorail.(?)

“We want it shovel ready, in the ground by 2014. That means they’ll start working on it… and get much of it done by next summer season” (summer of -2014).

all around the picture are representatives from Nassau County,  NY State and most of the Long Beach City Council and City Manager.

all around the picture are representatives from Nassau County, NY State and most of the Long Beach City Council and City Manager.

Chuck Schumer also had praise for others, especially our former congressman, Peter King: “it’s easy to call out members of the other party; it’s harder to call out members of your own party when they’re not stepping up to the plate and he did, so and we give him a lot of credit for that.”

Fire Chief Chas Thompson speaks with Mrs Ellen Weisenberg while her husband Harvey Chats with Chuck Schumer

Fire Chief Chas Thompson speaks with Mrs Ellen Weisenberg while her husband Harvey Chats with Chuck Schumer

Now Chuck Schumer has a message for the Army Corps of Engineers and everyone else involved:

“Get moving. You got the money, got the authorization, get the plans … and we don’t want any bureaucrats’ delay”.

Our project is part and parcel of a complete coastal project now to be taken underway all the way from Staten Island, to the Rockaways, Our Long Beach Barrier Island, and then the FIMP-Fire Island to Montauk Point.

“My pledge to you is I will be on them. I will make sure there aren’t delays. We don’t want anything to get in the way. You can feel assured that the kind of protection that is needed in this new world, with all kinds of new storms, will be there.”

Harvey Weisenberg thanked our hero from Washington.

Harvey Weisenberg thanked our hero from Washington.

State Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg said “we had devastation and we’re not going to let it happen again. We have a hero in Washington. He’s been there to meet the needs of our people: God bless and thank you, Chuck.”

“We waited 20 years. The (current) City Council had the courage to move ahead, and now we are going to have the progress we deserve” Harvey Weisenberg said of Long Beach voting unanimously to move forward on this plan.

Long Beach Barrier Island, "coming back bigger, better, stronger than ever"

Long Beach Barrier Island, “coming back bigger, better, stronger than ever”-Chuck Schumer

Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel spoke and said Long Beach is moving aggressively on the plan.  “Not only do we have the wherewithal to get back and running, now we have the finances to do it as well.”

Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel Thanks Chuck Schumer for his help. Long Beach is On Board for the Long Beach Barrier Island Storm Damage Reduction Project.

Long Beach City Council President Scott Mandel Thanks Chuck Schumer for his help. Long Beach is On Board for the Long Beach Barrier Island Storm Damage Reduction Project.

Nassau County Legislator Denise Ford said “Let’s get this project going.  Next year we’re going to have a different, better beach and we’re going to have better protection.”

Lido Dunes Civic Association President Liz Murdy speaks.

Lido Dunes Civic Association President Liz Murdy speaks.

Liz Murdy from Lido Dunes Civic Association had praise for the Senator. “Without his perseverance we would not have gotten the funding and we really appreciate it”.   She also thanked Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Department of Conservation and Waterways Commissioner Ron Masters for the work he and his department have done all these years, protecting and strengthening our beaches and our dunes, virtually without any outside help. 

Paul Curtin makes HIS point, and hopefully we'll all have dunes by summer 2014!

Paul Curtin makes HIS point, and hopefully we’ll all have dunes by summer 2014!

Regarding the final product of the project, Senator Schumer said:

“It will be strong; it will be tested; it will be Sandy-proof. If anyone is having doubts whether they should invest in their small business or in a home here on the Long Beach barrier island they should go forward.

We’re coming back bigger, better, stronger than ever.”