A MUST READ FOR ALL LONG BEACH RESIDENTS:
This Newsday Editorial doesn’t appear to be behind a paywall, so please please please please head over and read: Pricey severance packages among Long Beach’s fiscal woes
In a nutshell, this editorial basically spells out reasons why we SHOULD NOT vote to re-elect Anthony Eramo and Chumu Diamond this November, since neither of them appear to care that these payments were made. If they do care, then talk about it to the residents. Show us the math. Do your job as elected officials. They also have not shown any means or plan to solve our current financial crisis [see- Credit agency downgrades Long Beach bond rating]. Yet there is always enough money for new hires [LINK]. (How many assistants does our fake city manager need anyway? )
From the Newsday Editorial:
“And the spending on separation pay that caused the cash crunch, including $108,000 for Jack Schnirman, the former city manager and current Nassau County comptroller, has itself attracted accusations of impropriety.
According to the city code, payouts are limited to 30 percent of unused sick days and 50 unused vacation days, which would have made Schnirman’s payout $55,000. The city and Schnirman say the calculations were done in conformance with a decades-long interpretation of city code. However, the city has yet to produce any legal opinion to justify the larger payouts.
In a city that’s consistently had trouble paying the bills, taxpayers are entitled to an explanation for why such a generous interpretation was applied. The practice needs to be stopped if it’s unlawful, and money might need to be clawed back.”
Separation payments are the main focus. All of my calls and emails to Tom DiNapoli, NY State Comptroller have NOT been answered. Same thing with Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singasl. Zippo. Nada. Nothing. Good thing I am in contact with other people, who are listening (I’ll save that for a future post).
“Even as it struggles with the current budget, Long Beach is considering a 2018-19 spending plan with a potential 12 percent tax increase. ”
My Editorial and Opinion: Long Beach is pricing residents out. If you want to stay here, your only best bet is to either get a job with the city (perhaps so they can buy your vote with a pay raise before election), be politically connected to the powers that be, (or maybe even be really good at sucking you know what $%#%^#).
I am still trying to figure out who the third person will be that I’ll vote for in November. I need to hear what the other candidates have to say. Anissa Moore and Liz Treston are automatically getting my votes. If we can at least get these two in, then with Councilmen John Bendo the good guys will have majority and the real investigations into these questionable payments, finances, etc will begin.
Councilwoman Anissa Moore destroyed the poll the last time she ran in 2015 by getting the most votes. She’ll have strong support this year, especially since she’s running with another party and doesn’t have to deal with the primary circus. Liz Treston (2018 Herald Person of the Year) is quite possibly my favorite person in Long Beach (outside of my family, of course). I would trust her with anything. She truly cares about this community, she’s smart, resourceful and knows how things work. Don’t just take it from me, read what the LB Herald had to say about her: Liz Treston, an advocate for Sandy victims
For a current list of who is running this November, check out my Election Bracket (pending changes based on dropouts, signatures, ballot, primary, etc.).