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NEWSDAY: Jack is saving us $$$$ (Opinion: The New Gang is Listening and Talking)

[Jack] Schnirman sent a memo to the city’s department heads last Wednesday asking each to cut 25 percent in nonsalary lines from what remains of their current fiscal year budget — and to do it by the following day. The city’s fiscal year ends June 30.

“If you cannot reach your targets, I will instruct the comptroller to reduce your department’s budget to meet the target,” the memo read.

Head over to Newsday and read the rest of the article :  Long Beach dept. heads cut nonsalary costs.

Of course not everybody believes that our city is doing enough or anything at all. There are also those who think Long Beach isn’t in a fiscal crisis in the first place [Head over to the LB Patch Blogs if you don’t know what I’m talking about]. I am not going to argue that issue with anybody because it’s all a matter of opinion that does nothing, but make people fight like a bunch of little kids in a school playground.

I will say this: I feel that The New Gang is doing an excellent job communicating with us residents directly and through the media. You can call it ‘political propaganda’, but I don’t recall the last administration even putting once ounce of effort in communicating with us – besides those tainted LB City Beats. The New Gang wants our feedback; they are meeting with us and are encouraging resident participation (Long Beach Listens &  Citizen Budget Advisory Commission). To me, that means a lot. It makes me feel like I have some power and a voice. I like that.

 

 

AP Loves Long Beach (But, mostly just our fiscal crisis)

Normally the Associated Press only takes an interest in Long Beach when we get hit by a hurricane or are struck by a comically exaggerated gang fight. But no longer. Those keen news hawks over at the AP have caught on to what we here have been writing about for months, and was then was picked up by the Long Island Herald, Newsday, Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg. Newsflash, Long Beach is broke, and the New Gang are attempting to do something about it.

Will they succeed? Will they fail? Will they make Hawaiian shirts mandatory on Fridays? Only time will tell.

I’ve included the brief newswire below:

Popular Long Island city grapples with fiscal woes

Associated Press

LONG BEACH, N.Y. — The city of Long Beach on Long Island is considering a proposal to declare a fiscal emergency.

The matter had been on the agenda at Tuesday night’s meeting of the city council. City spokesman Gordon Tepper says it was tabled until Feb. 7.

He says city officials want to study the legal language in the proposal before voting. He says the city is struggling with a fiscal crisis and faces a $48 million debt. Moody’s downgraded the city to a credit rating of just above junk bond status.

Officials say plans call for a curb on overtime and improved accountability.

The city on Long Island’s south shore is a popular destination during summer months. Last year, it played host to the first professional surfing tournament ever held in New York.

—Copyright 2012 Associated Press

The New Gang (2012 Brings Fresh Faces)

(words by Shaun, epic photoshop by Anthony)

City Manager – Jack Schnirman

Coming off a stint managing New York State’s largest township (Brookhaven) as chief deputy supervisor, Schnirman has already handled a budget nearly four times the size as Long Beach.  Schnirman brings impressive academic credentials mixed with a record of successful public sector experience.

City Council President – Fran Adelson

Resident since 1985, she’s been a real estate broker for 24 years, Trustee of the Long Beach Public Library for 10 years, and supporter of the arts in Long Beach, amongst other things.  Adelson won her seat after the tumultuous 2011 election and was appointed as City Council President.

City Council Member – Scott Mandel

Another winner of the 2011 election, Mandel came to Long Beach in 2002 and has a law background.  New to politics, but Mandel has been involved with the City in recent years.

Comptroller  – Jeffrey Nogid

Having already managed $3.5 billion of Nassau County’s enormous debt and then going on to be the Budget Director of Nassau County, Nogid comes with a history of navigating deficits.  He also matches his public sector record with a long stint at the now-defunct Enron.

Acting Police Commissioner –  Lt. Michael Tangney

The long-time Long Beach Police officer was appointed to this temporary position to fill the void left by the abruptly departing Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Sofield Senior.  Tangney is well known in the City and on the force.

Director of Online Communications – Gordon Tepper

Coming on board with the new team Tepper came onboard in 2011, but now is much more active (Thanks Karen for the update).With a background in communications and PR, Tepper is here to professionally manage Long Beach’s online presence, which has been laughable at best in recent years.  With the new administration’s inauguration being streamed online (something the last admin claimed would cost tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars) we’re already seeing results.

Without a doubt the biggest differences between this new administration and the previous are age and their experience.  Schnirman and Mandel are in their 30s, and the rest of the group is hardly much older than that.  Many of these faces are also new to Long Beach politics and have not been part of the political machine that has made LB seem more like Chicago or the Soviet politburo.

I’ve also been pleasantly surprised by the depth of qualifications that many of these people bring to the table.  City Hall now has both the academic credentials (I see an Ivy-leaguer up there, and some Masters thrown in) and public/private-sector experience managing millions that could affect real change.  But raw materials do not equal results.  There have been plenty of eggheads in history who have only made things worse, but for now, let’s hope for the best.

I’ll be updating this in coming months as personnel come and go.