Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman was elected in November 2017. A native Long Islander, Jack has a proven record of turning around broken and corrupt government finances to improve services and save taxpayers money. After earning a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government, he returned home to clean up local government.
As Brookhaven Chief Deputy Town Supervisor, Jack took on the culture of corruption that earned the town the nickname “Crookhaven.” Jack helped stop the abuse of taxpayer dollars on no-bid contracts, patronage, and scandals. He stopped past pay-to-play schemes between Town Hall and vendors, including ending the annual theft of $70,000 in lawnmowers. He helped improve town services while saving taxpayers millions by implementing ServiceStat, a management initiative that helps hold town departments accountable. And he made government work better for the community by launching a 3-1-1-style constituent response system.
As Long Beach City Manager from 2011-2017, Jack helped put the City on the road to recovery from the brink of bankruptcy, inheriting a $14 million deficit and near junk bond status after five downgrades. On Jack’s watch, Long Beach’s bond rating was upgraded twice and received nine consecutive credit positive reviews. Jack helped implement smart reforms—overhauling the city’s purchasing process to ensure all expenses are justified, stopping family members from supervising each other, instituting a new performance management program, and creating a 3-1-1-style smartphone application for residents.
Jack did all this in the wake of one of the greatest disasters to ever hit Long Beach, Superstorm Sandy. While reconstruction efforts lagged throughout Long Island because of incompetence and corruption, Long Beach rebuilt stronger, smarter, and safer. Long Beach’s iconic Boardwalk was destroyed by Sandy, but under Jack’s leadership the Boardwalk was rebuilt—on-time and under budget.
Jack lives in Long Beach with his wife, Joan, and children, Sage and Oz. He is a member of the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA), New York State Association of Counties (NYSAC), Energeia Partnership, New Deal Leaders, and Truman National Security Project’s Partnership Program.
Jack is on the advisory board of the Hofstra University Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs, and he has served as a career advisor to the NYU Wagner School of Public Service’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service and as co-chair of the Curriculum Committee for the New Leaders Council. He is a former member of the New York Conference of Mayors, Mayors Against Illegal Guns, and Regional Economic Development Council’s infrastructure working group. Jack has also previously served on the board of the Long Island Chapter of the New York League of Conservation Voters.