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Jones Beach Project Scrapped, DWI Patrols

A weekly look-in at the news of Nassau County.

The long planned Trump on the Ocean project at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh has been scrapped.

Famed real estate develop Donald Trump and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced Wednesday that as a result of damages to Jones Beach caused by Hurricane Sandy, the proposed restaurant and catering facility will not be built.

Click here to read more about the canceled project.

FEMA, SBA Join Nassau Bar Association’s Free Legal Clinics To Assist Sandy Victims

To better assist Nassau County residents deal with the many legal issues involved in the aftermath of the devastating effects of Hurricane Sandy, the Nassau County Bar Association has invited the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the US Small Business Administration (SBA) to send representatives to its free legal consultation clinics.

Agency representatives will join the volunteer attorneys who provide one-on-one legal consultation, advice and referral information to residents. The next two free legal clinics are scheduled for Jan. 1 from 3-6 p.m. and Jan. 28 from 3-6 p.m. at the NCBA headquarters on 15th Street at the corner of West Street in Mineola.

Residents are asked to contact the Nassau County Bar at 516-747-4070 to schedule an appointment time to ensure an attorney will be available and are encouraged to bring any significant documents, leases, insurance agreements or paperwork. Attorneys fluent in Spanish, Korean, Russian, Haitian Creole or other languages will be made available upon request when registering. Walk-ins are welcome.

Additional storm-related information is updated regularly at www.nassaubar.org.

Mangano, NCPD Announce Increased DWI Patrols on Nassau Roads for New Year's

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas V. Dale announced Thursday that this New Year’s weekend, the Nassau County Police Department (NCPD) will participate in a “STOP-DWI” program that will allocate additional police officers to conduct an extensive DWI enforcement initiative.

The “STOP DWI” program is funded by DWI fines collected in Nassau County and will provide the NCPD and police departments throughout the county with additional funding that will be utilized to implement an effective DWI saturation enforcement strategy that has proven very successful in years past. The NCPD’s Highway Patrol Bureau will coordinate and plan this initiative that will target certain areas throughout the county. There were 55 DWI arrests in Nassau County over last year’s New Year’s holiday.

County Executive Mangano and Commissioner Dale would like to remind everyone:
  • If you plan to drink, choose a designated driver before going out.
  • Take mass transit, a cab, or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
  • Spend the night where the activity is being held.
  • Always buckle up – it’s your best defense against a drunk driver.
Goingplaces December 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Donald Trump, where is your donation to help Long Island, Staten Island, and Jersey?
George Wittner December 29, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Gladly Trump will keep his creepy hands off the beach. Bring a sandwich forget trump and his type of help.
A.F. December 29, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Yup... he left behind a huge hole in the ground and is still suing the people of New York.
Phil Healey December 30, 2012 at 01:05 AM
It is a relief to see trump leave Long Island, it was always his intention to try to bring some type of gambling to the people's beach. Hopefully NYS can find a honorable vendor that can provide a simple and dedicated service. While none of us should not be shocked but letting trump leave with out rent penility's, restoring the golf course that was destroyed by him and not removing the rubble for the earlier construction activites just addtional insult to fiscal injury.
paul December 30, 2012 at 04:17 AM
To Phil: WTF???? I am sure that if any funds are owed or a breach of contract will be dealt with accordingly. Now for a fact. The peoples beach???? Really, it is operated by the state and funds go to the state. Parking fees- the state etc. Trump was the correct answer. To bad the reality of the storm did him in for the project. Trump is the winner and Long Islanders like yourself are the losers....
george December 30, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Paul it's people like you who worship Trump, just look at how you spell
paul December 30, 2012 at 05:46 AM
OK George, help me out here a bit. What the heck did I spell wrong??? ;o)
george December 30, 2012 at 09:35 AM
Paul, may be you should enroll in one of Trump's phony 'universitys'??
Brent M. December 30, 2012 at 12:02 PM
I was also for the idea of Trump building there.. I mean what is there now.. NOTHING... its not like you had a bunch of vendors fighting for this piece of real estate.. besides has anyone been to one of Trumps Golf Courses, his club Mar-A-Lago ???? They are all gorgeous.. he keeps them looking Beautiful!! so you know he will not let his catering hall look like crap!!! but whats the difference now.. he is not doing it anyway
LAKETAJO December 30, 2012 at 03:33 PM
How about Altantic city???? He destroyed the local business owners. People were put out of work. the place is a hole. Keep ur grubby self praising hands off our island.
Patrick Smith December 30, 2012 at 05:28 PM
dont need trumps money ,so we can put his big fat head as part of his p.r.
Brian December 30, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Trump is not a winner by any means. His narcissistic and patronizing ways are tried and tired. In the eyes of the public he has lost any legitimacy he once had when he decided to start a witch-hunt for the President's birth certificate.
Brian December 30, 2012 at 06:53 PM
He needs to pass his classes at Glenn Beck University first!
jonathan winant December 30, 2012 at 08:08 PM
The bottom line which few want to acknowledge is that the state is lossing a lot of money by letting the property sit unused. Any money making venture should be looked into. This is more important after what it will cost to rebuild the other structures which were damaged durring Sandy. By the way why was Trumps plans scrutinized and found to be unsafe in a major storm when the State now concedes that their designs failed? Now millions will be spent to move Boilers, electrical controls and other essential mechanics to safer locations, Sound like the State Park Commission was hipocritical when they found Trumps blue prints unfavorable and not safe in a flood zone.
Arguendo December 30, 2012 at 08:34 PM
In point of fact, Trump's plans were to place the entire kitchen facility below grade in a sub-basement location, thereby maximizing the revenue-producing floorspace. The outcome would have been far worse than any prior use plan, including the state's own.
Thomas December 31, 2012 at 01:25 AM
It would all be replaced by insurance so why not take the chance?
anonymous December 31, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I don't think anyone would insure such construction going forward.
Arguendo December 31, 2012 at 03:04 AM
Didn't meet building code (or life safety code) before, and surely won't now.
paul December 31, 2012 at 03:20 AM
To Thomas: Not necessarily so.Just an example.... As a rule of thumb you can not get flood insurance if you are in a flood zone.
Thomas December 31, 2012 at 03:44 AM
If any of you think that Trump would invest that money without being fully insured from a storm that did what sandy did you are out of your mind. He may be an ass but he's not stupid.
anonymous December 31, 2012 at 04:06 AM
I know; but I am sure the insurance companies have learned from the storm and would up the ante (financially and structurally) at this point in time
Thomas December 31, 2012 at 04:32 AM
yea and that's why trump said "See ya all later". Not worth the investment anymore if you can't insure it.
Brent M. December 31, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Please do NOT compare ATLANTIC CITY to Jones Beach area.. not even close.. go off the boardwalk and its sanitation central... Jones Beach when you go off the boardwalk its not like crappy A.C... need to re-think that comparison.. ha
Former Long Islander December 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM
The previous restaurant was demolished in 2004 and now after nine years there is no plan to replace it. My family used to enjoy that place and I predicted at the time of its demolition that the state would jerk this around and never replace it. Nothing will be built there for years to come. One of the reasons we left. Robert Moses would be ashamed.
J December 31, 2012 at 08:20 PM
insurance companies don't insure flood, FEMA does. Some companies will then do excess Flood coverage. The Federal government would have been the one insuring anything in the basement. Also, the FEMA flood policy doesn't cover a lot of things in the basement, I'm not even sure how much of the kitchen machinery would actually have been covered.
paul January 01, 2013 at 12:00 AM
He is far from an ass and is far from stupid. When it comes to insurance and the words, act of god, hurricane, tsunami, flooding are an entirely different issue....
Jason S Schatzberg January 01, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Once again , the patches information is wrong regarding a meeting for sba , January first between 3-6 pm @ the bar association in mineola , Thought it was false !
Maria Milillo January 02, 2013 at 08:44 AM
The silver lining on Sandy, she got rid of TRUMP for us,
LAKETAJO January 04, 2013 at 12:11 PM
you r right...just thinking down the road.
J Boyd January 12, 2013 at 06:38 AM
To bad should read Too bad

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