Long Beach City Council Candidates Bernardino, Miccio and Myles Secure Place on Ballot for September Primary
Collect 1,270 signatures through local grassroots effort
(LONG BEACH, NY) – July 14, 2017 — Barbara Bernardino, Joe Miccio and Runnie Myles announced today that they have secured the signatures necessary to place them on the ballot for a Long Beach City Council primary in September. The Democratic ticket has collected 1,270 signatures, more than double the necessary 500 that is required to place them on the ballot.
After the unanimous selection of Bernardino, Miccio and Myles at the May 31 Democratic Convention, Nassau County Party Leader Jay Jacobs disregarded Long Beach’s official selection of candidates and replaced them with his own slate. The three candidates then began a grassroots campaign to collect the 500 signatures necessary to place them on the ballot against Jacobs’ picks.
“Our team’s signatures were collected by local Long Beach residents, not by individuals employed by Democratic Party leader,” stated Barbara Bernardino. “The way the party leader captured signatures for his candidates speaks volumes to the history of how our present City Council has been governed. A style of governance that has resulted in the loss of our hospital and millions of FEMA dollars, the encouragement of overdevelopment, having our infrastructure issues ignored, and making poor decisions leaving the City open to lawsuits. Putting residents first, Bernardino, Myles and Miccio represent the change our neighbors are looking for.”
Joe Miccio stated: “Our successful grassroots signature campaign confirms what Long Beach residents want: City Council members who represent THEIR interests. Not out-of-town parties who go around our zoning codes to approve big-bucks mega-buildings. Not developers who channel profits into campaign coffers of officials who continue approving projects that no one in Long Beach wants—until we wake up one day to as many tall buildings as the Rockaways.”
“Face time with the Long Beach residents and commentary from their perspective is what is sorely lacking in the Long Beach political scene,” said Runnie Myles. “This summer, residents are engaged and optimistic about a campaign that actually represents all of us instead of the developers and businesses looking to buy us out. It will always be the voice of the people in Long Beach first with Runnie, Barbara and Joe.”
On May 31, three candidates for Long Beach City Council seats this fall were announced at the Nassau County Democratic Convention and unanimously agreed upon. To get to this ticket of candidates, Long Beach Democratic Committee’s 48-member elected candidate selection committee vetted dozens of highly qualified individuals (including incumbents). The committee had one core principle: choosing individuals who would seek to improve the quality of life for all Long Beach residents. They sought candidates that took a stand against overdevelopment and outside influences controlling decisions in our city. These candidates are Barbara Bernardino, Joe Miccio and Runnie Myles.
Bernardino, Beach to Bay Civic Association President, Miccio, retired FDNY firefighter, former police sergeant and co-founder of the September 11th Families Association, and Myles, a local minister and teacher’s assistant, exemplify the Long Beach Democratic Committee’s vision for a transparent, participatory government that promises to put the needs of Long Beach residents first and foremost.
For more information visit www.longbeachdems.com.