Long Island Herald: Vote for Jack Schnirman for county comptroller

We were most impressed by Schnirman, though. For us, he represents Nassau’s future, while Labriola is part of its past. Schnirman pulls no punches when it comes to the county’s finances. He tells it like it is: The county has yet to get its fiscal house in order, and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority remains a necessity, despite 17 years of its oversight. We agree. Schnirman’s four-point plan for the comptroller’s office, which includes increasing transparency and modernizing the system the office uses, is encouraging. His “scorecard,” which would track the county’s progress toward financial stability, is an excellent idea that would allow taxpayers to quickly and readily understand the true state of the county’s fiscal health. We encourage you to vote for Schnirman on Tuesday. READ MORE >>

The Island Now: Editorial: Jack Schnirman for county comptroller

Schnirman has a history of taking on financially troubled municipalities, beginning with the scandal-plagued Town of Brookhaven and then after a period of consulting become city manager of Long Beach, where he inherited a government with a $14 million deficit and near junk bond status after five downgrades. Under Schnirman, Long Beach’s bond rating has been upgraded twice and received nine consecutive credit positive reviews and the $14 million deficit is now a $7 million surplus. He has proposed greater transparency in county government, independent audits and reforming a county contracting system at the center of Mangano’s arrest and that of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos as well as a federal investigation involving Deputy County Executive Rob Walker. READ MORE >>

Newsday: Jack Schnirman for Nassau County comptroller

Schnirman, a Democrat, is rightly credited with propelling Long Beach out of near-bankruptcy, through the devastation wrought by superstorm Sandy, and into a period of recovery. The Long Beach resident says he’ll bring those skills to Nassau by doing what he called “smart audits” and maintaining his independence — whomever the county executive may be. Schnirman, 40, envisions the comptroller as similar to an umpire. He’ll be “calling balls and strikes” as he sees them, and promises not to be shy in voicing concerns and suggesting fixes. He speaks in broad strokes, but understands the more granular parts of the job. And while Schnirman once hoped to be the next county executive, he seems focused on the job he’s now after, and doesn’t play politics by linking himself too closely with Laura Curran, his running mate. His attention to this job — and some daylight from Curran — are critically important. READ MORE >>

Long Island Herald: Post-Sandy tax shock

City Manager Jack Schnirman, a Democrat running for county comptroller, and others said that the tax increases reflected the county’s broken assessment system, and that many homes were over-assessed. The council sent a letter to Davis this week calling for a review of “unfair” assessments. “The county is over-assessing homes that had not filed grievances,” Schnirman said, “and residents deserve accurate assessments and to only pay their fair share.” READ MORE >>

Newsday: Jack Martins, Laura Curran take aim at nepotism in Nassau

Curran was joined by Democratic county comptroller candidate Jack Schnirman, the Long Beach city manager, who said he’d conduct an audit that would seek to identify officials who supervise relatives in violation of county law. “This problem wasn’t of our creation, but the next administration must tackle it,” he said. READ MORE >>

Long Island Herald: Long Beach city manager wins Democratic primary

Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman defeated Freeport attorney and business owner Ama Yawson in the Democratic primary for county comptroller on Tuesday, paving the way for a run in the November election against Republican Steve Labriola. READ MORE >>

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