NEWSDAY EDITORIAL: Pricey severance packages among Long Beach’s fiscal woes [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.).

2019 Election Bracket (March 13th Edition)

Lots of candidates are running for Long Beach City Council this year. To keep track, I decided to replicate what I did last election by making an ‘Election Bracket’. This bracket will evolve: signatures need to be collected for the ballot, there’s a Primary on June 25th, 2019, etc., etc. etc,… Who knows what else, but I’ll update the bracket as we creep toward November.

Just to get everyone up to speed on the 2019 Long Beach City Council election: Three seats are up for grabs this November. The incumbents are Anissa Moore (D), Anthony Eramo (D) and Chumi Diamond (D). The bracket below shows you who else is running with party affiliation. The top two vote-getters get to serve four years while third place serves two.

Just to get everyone up to speed on the 2021 Long Beach City Council election:The third place winner of the 2019 Long Beach Election will be up for re-election in 2021 with John Bendo (D) and Scott Mandel (D.

For now, let’s just concentrate on the 2019 Election. Here is the current bracket. Please let me know if anyone else is running. That includes the Green Party, Write-ins, etc. Don’t forget to CLICK ON THE IMAGE for a larger view.

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Karen McInnis, Democrat for Long Beach City Council

New Wave Dems LB: Meet Karen McInnis. Long time resident and longer time strategic financial executive. As our City hovers on the brink of fiscal insolvency, it’s more important than ever to make sure we have a councilperson who knows budgets and HR inside and out. Having helped manage name brand companies and negotiated multi-million dollar deals, Karen is that woman.

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Ron Paganini, Democrat for Long Beach City Council

New Wave Dems LB: Meet Ron Paganini. 62 year resident of Long Beach. Retired City employee and CSEA Union leader. You want someone to fight the corruption at City Hall? Ron is your man. We know he can do it, because he’s done it. Help us make Ron your next Long Beach City Councilman.

Find out more about Ron and New Wave Dems LB by LIKING their Facebook page:

Elizabeth Treston, Democrat for Long Beach City Council

New Wave Dems LB: Meet Elizabeth Treston. You’d be hard pressed to find a more committed, compassionate or knowledgable advocate for the residents of Long Beach. An expert on resiliency and preparedness, Liz will bring civility, transparency and inclusion to the Long Beach City Council. Oh, and she was also Long Beach Herald’s 2018 Person of the Year. Next up, and with your help, she’ll be one of our Democratic candidates for Long Beach City Council.

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NEWSDAY: Credit agency downgrades Long Beach bond rating

Hey Long Beach voters, let’s remember this next November. I shall be labelling this post ELECTION 2019 so I don’t forget when it comes time to vote.

NEWSDAY: Credit agency downgrades Long Beach bond rating

“Moody’s Investors Service reduced the city’s bond rating from Baa1 to Baa2, two steps above junk bond status….

Moody’s downgraded Long Beach’s rating, citing a concern of city’s inability to manage its budget, city officials said. Moody’s also maintained  its negative outlook on the city fiscally moving forward.”

LB Herald: Three Democratic candidates announce plan to run in June primary

Along with the three Republican Candidates mentioned in the last post, it looks like the Democrats will have a primary.

Long Beach Herald: Long Beach City Council incumbents to face primary challengers

“In what is shaping up to be a crowded City Council race this year, three longtime Long Beach residents announced Tuesday that they intend to run in a Democratic primary in June.

West End resident Liz Treston, a well-known community advocate and chair of the Long Beach Community Organizations Active in Disasters; Karen McInnis, a financial executive who also lives in the West End; and Ron Paganini, a retired city worker and local union leader; said in a news release that they plan to challenge incumbent City Council President Anthony Eramo and Vice President Chumi Diamond, who are up for re-election this year. [Long Beach Herald]

Anissa Moore, Michael Delury, Lauren Doddato-Goldman Nominated For Long Beach City Council

Pledging to hold the line on taxes, restore fiscal responsibility, transparency, accountability and civility to Long Beach City Hall, Councilwoman Anissa Moore, former Assistant District Attorney Lauren Doddato-Goldman, and municipal finance professional Michael Delury have been nominated for Long Beach City Council by the Long Beach Republican Committee. Denise Ford was also nominated to win re-election to the Nassau County Legislature. Moore, first elected in 2015 and Delury, both Democrats and Doddato-Goldman, a registered republican are running as a bipartisan slate pledge to once and for all clean up Long Beach City Hall, ensure fiscal responsibility and provide residents with a city government that works for the taxpayers of Long Beach.

In a joint statement Moore, Delury and Doddato-Goldman said, “We believe that the best way for government to work in the City of Long Beach is by having members of the two political parties working together for a common goal- that goal should be to put partisan and machine politics aside and work for the residents of the city, to solve the many serious issues that face the city and move Long Beach forward.”

Moore, a college professor who has worked for more than two decades to inspire students and deliver a top tier education, was first elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2015 where she has fought for progress and reform. Moore currently serves as the Chair of the Nassau Community College Academic Senate, where she works to build a strong curriculum and help students succeed on their professional and academic journeys. Moore also serves as the Executive Director for Long Beach STEAM Academy, an after school program for Long Beach’s middle school students that helps bridge the gap between school and home for the children in our community.

Delury, who currently serves as the Treasurer for the Village of East Williston, has more than 15 years of experience managing the operations and finances of successful municipalities in New York State. Delury is responsible for all cash management, annual budget preparation, compliance with State Comptroller’s Office, and coordination of the annual audit for financial statements.

Doddato-Goldman, is a former Nassau Assistant District Attorney with the Major Offense Bureau where she prosecuted homicides and other serious crimes. She is currently Principal Law Clerk to a Nassau County Court Judge where she researches and analyzes complex legal issues and drafts opinions as well as decisions for the judge. She will bring 15 years of criminal justice experience to the Long Beach City Council. Doddato Goldman has fought hard to keep neighborhoods safe, and has worked to ensure that our legal system serves the people.

Denise Ford was first elected to the Nassau County legislature in 2003 and is seeking re-election to her seat. Ford is also a registered democrat who has run on the Republican line.