Dems Pick County Executive, Comptroller

Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs announces endorsement of Laura Curran (left) and Jack Schnirman (right)

Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs recently announced the endorsement of Legislator Laura Curran for county executive and Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman for county comptroller.

“After the corruption, scandal and fiscal crisis brought on by the current Republican administration, we will demonstrate to county residents that they will have a real choice in November,” Jacobs said in announcing Curran and Schnirman. “They will lead a powerful reform agenda.”

Curran began her first term with the Nassau County Legislature in 2014. She represents the 5th Legislative District, which includes most of Baldwin, all of South Hempstead, a major portion of Freeport and parts of Rockville Centre, Merrick and Oceanside.

“I am running for Nassau County Executive because we need to fix the mess in Mineola,” Curran said. “This is a campaign to clean up our county and I’m honored to have the endorsement of Chairman Jay Jacobs. Carrying this mantle is an incredible honor, and this endorsement is a validation of my commitment to a clean, honest government that puts the taxpayers first.”

Curran continued, “Nassau County can’t afford any more career politicians. For too long, we’ve watched elected officials waste our money on endless patronage, wasteful contracts and chronic mismanagement. And that’s why I’m running for County Executive: because cleaning up our government isn’t a progressive idea or a conservative idea, it’s the moral, honest and ethical thing to do.”

Serving on several legislative committees, including Finance, Public Works and Parks, Public Safety and Minority Affairs, Curran knows full well the adverse impact of government corruption and financial mismanagement on the public. She has been an outspoken proponent of term limits, an inspector general, and an updated and effective ethics code. “It’s time for honest and capable leadership in Nassau, and I’m proud to lead a ticket that will bring truthful and open government to the county’s top offices,” she said.

Curran entered public service after a career as a reporter with the New York Daily News and the New York Post, where she covered education, politics and crime. Her reporting also took her far from New York, including to Los Angeles to cover the O.J. Simpson civil trial. At the Post, Curran specialized in in-depth features and wrote about many of the Long Islanders killed in the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. She was also an adjunct professor of journalism at SUNY Purchase.

She is a member of the Baldwin and Freeport Chambers of Commerce and the Baldwin Civic Association, and teaches yoga. She earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts at Sarah Lawrence College and lives in Baldwin with her husband and their three daughters.

Jacobs also introduced Schnirman as the pick for County Comptroller.

“I’m proud to accept Chairman Jacobs’ endorsement for County Comptroller because it is clear that the people of Nassau are crying out for reform,” said Schnirman. “Taxpayers are demanding better management, they are demanding fiscal stability, they are demanding better from their elected leaders, and they are demanding it with honesty and integrity. I’ve faced down corruption and fiscal crisis to serve constituents better, and I look forward to being the independent reformer our county taxpayers deserve,” continued Schnirman.

Currently serving as Long Beach city manager, Schnirman has been lauded for helping the city recover from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy. “Jack’s grasp of government operations and tight financial management will be key assets as he digs in to straighten out the county’s finances,” Jacobs said of Schnirman. “His honesty and devotion to the bottom line for the benefit of those who pay the bills—the taxpayers—are exactly what we need to turn Nassau around.”

Schnirman took over as Long Beach city manager in 2012 with the goal of assisting a new city council in bringing effective, efficient, honest government to a community that called for change. This was at a time of unprecedented fiscal crisis—very similar to the situation in Nassau—with a near-bankrupt government and a $14.7 million deficit, Jacobs noted.

“I have spent the last few months listening to hundreds of Nassau residents, and I know they want to see a change in county government,” said Schnirman. “They want competence and sound fiscal management to replace corruption, mismanagement and scandal.”

Schnirman also served as the vice president of management consulting at Bowne Management Systems. Prior to that, he was the chief deputy supervisor in the Town of Brookhaven, where he supervised the day-to-day operations of approximately 1,200 government employees and a town budget approaching $300 million.

Schnirman holds a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University. He is a member of The New York State Government Finance Officers’ Association (NYS GFOA), the New York Conference of Mayors and the Regional Economic Development Council’s infrastructure working group. Schnirman lives in Long Beach with his wife, Joan, and their daughter, Sage.

—Provided by the Nassau County Democratic Committee

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