(excerpt from) Newsday State threatens Donald Trump over Jones Beach rent By Zachary R. Dowdy

…In the latest letter, Harold Hagemann Jr., director of the state Concessions Management Bureau, said Trump’s failure to pay the base rent on the land where the complex is to be built will result in a mountain of interest and collection fees…

Schlesinger said the two sides are at an impasse partly because they never agreed on the plan for a building design after the state blocked Trump’s original. Trump then sued – and won, but the state is appealing. Trump maintains that the state’s pending appeal of the judge’s decision and a $500 million lawsuit Trump filed in response – saying the state’s intransigence caused costly construction delays – stops the clock on the rent payments. But Eileen Larrabee, spokeswoman for the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, said that rent payments were begun before the impasse and should continue regardless of the negotiations…

Special thanks to Mary Ann Hennen, who took these wonderful photos and went on an adventure to get them developed fast…

Above: Pat Friedman leads various environmental and civic groups who care about Jones Beach in a rally at the AG’s office in Mineola to demand an investigation into the bidding and application process of the Trump on the Ocean project.



At left: Nassau Poet County Laureate Maxwell Corydon Wheat, Jr. (in straw hat) reads a poem about the Jones Beach project, at the rally to ask the Attorney General to investigate the bidding, application, and approval process.


Above: While we don’t want the Attorney General to sit down on the job – the Jones Beach catering hall process looks a bit shady – we, ourselves, did have to take a break from the sun. This is from the end of our protest in front of the AG’s office on June 19, 2008.


Above: Pat Friedman talks to a reporter about the background of the Trump on the Ocean project at Jones Beach.

Above: Mary Ann Hennen demonstrates. Robert Sommerville broadcasts. At the Jones Beach Rally in Mineola, Robert Sommerville give us coverage for public media. Read the rest of this entry »

Rally to Save Jones Beach for the People of NY and
Ask the Attorney General to investigate the

Trump application

When:
Thursday, June 19th at 11 am
Where:
The NY State Attorney Genera’s Office in Nassau County
200 Old Country Road, Mineola, NY 11501
For info:
(516) 582-5838

photo (c) Joe Shlabotnik, on Creative CommonsThe Trump application for a Catering Hall at Jones Beach – proposed to be Trump on the Ocean – has been denied by the courts a couple of times. Though, the project still seems in danger of going through. Pat Friedman is calling on the Governor and the NY State Attorney General to investigate all the problems with the project – the way it was bid on, the changes in the proposal, the apparent conflicts of interest with the proposers and elected officials supporting the project.

Since Pat Friedman submitted a letter to the Governor and Attorney General at the end of April 2008, and neither official has responded, Pat is asking the community to make some noise with a protest at the Attorney General’s office. The time will be: Thursday, June 19th, 2008 at 11:00am. You could also call the NY State Attorney General’s Office to ask for the investigation. The Attorney General’s office in Mineola/Nassau County is: (516) 248-3302.

Also, give community activist Pat Friedman a call if you can help spread the word, or get your organization or group to sign on. Pat Friedman can be reached at: (516) 582-5838.

We can stop this project. We can save Jones Beach from over-development. We can force our elected officials to do what is best for all citizens, instead of catering to wealthy businessman.

In the meantime, the community could learn a lot from a careful investigation of what went wrong to push this project through the system in such a sudden and unfair manner.

Our Jones Beach is a community project to stop Trump and NY State from over-developing and over-commercializing Jones Beach State Park. What started as a simple project to bring a restaurant to Jones Beach, snowballed, through an unfair process, into a huge, expensive catering hall, which will take the use of the restaurant away from most citizens. Pat Friedman is a civic leader who has been fighting this project for many months. Please support her, and the many organizations who agree, to stop this overblown project of Trump on the Ocean.