During the last years in Long Beach, time, in a sense, stopped.
Depending on where you are, the four-sided clock in front of the Long Beach LIRR station freezes at 9:25 or 9:40.
Now, former Assemb. Harvey Weisenberg has made his mission to restore the clock sitting on Park Avenue, which he dedicated 16 years ago as a monument to the police.
Weisenberg, 86, also a former Long Beach police officer, donated $ 25,000 to the city last month for the watch to be replaced.
“Before I die, I will make sure I have a monument to the police,” he said. “I care about these people and if nobody else cares, that’s their problem. It’s part of my life. “
City officials in Long Beach said they could not afford to fix the clock, which was broken at the entrance to the train station.
Weisenberg first handed a $ 10,000 check to the city last year, but the check was returned when he was told that there was not enough money or interest to fix it. He said he was told that it was not enough to fix the watch, and given its age and wear, it had to be replaced.
The clock was erected at the train station on May 22, 1994, and has survived Sandy’s sandstorm and the Long Beach sea air. It is not clear when the clock stopped working.
A plaque at the base of the clock lists Weisenberg’s name and says: “Dedicated in the timeless tradition of law enforcement to those who have served and to those who continue to serve.”
Weisenberg reported in an interview that saved the children as a police officer and people who died in his arms. He has given countless donations to law enforcement officials and the families of those killed in the line of duty. He said they need to be remembered.
“Long Beach is full of different generations. Every policeman takes an oath to protect lives, “Weisenberg said.” I am happy to do this because it is my city and my people, but there is no excuse for this. Long Beach is a small city, we take care of each other. Everyone here helps everyone. ”
The city accepted Weisenberg’s donation of $ 25,892 at its December 17 meeting and voted to buy a street clock from the Verdin Co. in Cincinnati.
State Senator Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) who succeeded Weisenberg in the Assembly in 2015, said: “For Harvey, helping people … has been his passion.”
Weisenberg also donated $ 7,000 with the Surf for All and Skudin Surf charity last year to install a wheelchair lift so that Councilwoman Elizabeth Treston sits on the council stage.
“Harvey fixing a clock represents a new council fixing the city,” Treston said. “It has been broken for a long time and it will take a lot of patience to reassemble it and the pieces are hard to find.”
“It shows that his goal has always been about Long Beach,” he said. “And I think that if people could take a little of their concern and kindness, the city would be a much better place.”
Long Beach Post Clock
Site of the police memorial dedicated in 1994
It will be replaced by a donation of $ 25,000
A new watch from Verdin Co. will be purchased in Cincinnati