Elected Officials, Long Beach Residents to Rally in Advance of City Council Vote on $2.5 Million Bond for Separation Payments
Call for independent investigation of payouts by Nassau County DA, appointment of full-time Independent City Manager
On Tuesday, July 3, Long Beach City Council is scheduled to vote to approve a $2.5 million bond for separation payouts of $1.3 million expected over the 2018-2019 fiscal year. This bond will be in addition to the already over $115 million the City currently owes.
The issue of past separation payouts – overpayments to management employees that left and others that still remain employed by the City — that came to light in April and May — has gone unresolved. This, despite claims by the City Council President and City officers that the payouts would be investigated by the New York State Comptroller. Recent FOIL request responses seem to indicate that the Comptroller’s office has not received a request for that payout investigation. And it is unclear that the Comptroller’s office is even the right entity to “investigate.”
Long Beach residents will join resident and legislator Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) and others in an urgent call to action for an independent legal investigation of the Schnirman-era separation payouts by Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas. They will also call for the appointment of a full-time City Manager that is independent, not tainted by the receipt of payouts and not a current City employee. It is a great disservice to the people of LB that this position has not been filled since Schnirman left at the end of December 2017.
WHAT : Rally in advance of Long Beach City Council meeting
WHEN : Tuesday, July 3 at 6:00 PM
WHERE : 1 W. Chester St. Long Beach, NY 11561