2018 News Clips

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Nassau Comptroller Jack Schnirman launches online Open Checkbook
Newsday
Nassau residents can now easily review how the county spends more than $1 billion on outside contractors through a new website created by County Comptroller Jack Schnirman. 

Data reveal an aging and slow-growing Nassau County
Newsday
Nassau County is changing and barely resembles the post-World War II suburb it was in the second half of the 20th century, new demographic numbers show. 

Schnirman appoints Dalessio as deputy comptroller 
Long Island Business News
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman said Thursday that he is appointing former KPMG Managing Partner Anthony Dalessio as deputy comptroller. 

Nassau County Comptroller Schnirman Gives Progress Report
Long Island Weekly
“There is so much comptrolling to do. So little time.”
It wasn’t quite a lament coming from Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman. It was more of a comment on the sheer scale of his department’s purview. 

Comptroller upholds campaign promises in review of first term
The Island Now
On the campaign trail, Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman laid out four main goals for his office if he was elected. 

Comptroller audit faults Nassau public administrators office
Newsday
The Nassau comptroller reported Thursday that the political appointee who headed the county office that administers millions of dollars in estates of residents who died without a will allegedly altered his time sheets. 

Audit finds public administrator's audit to have mismanaged millions
The Island Now
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman released an audit that found the Office of the Public Administrator mismanaged millions of dollars in estate assets.  

Comptroller slams administrator in audit
Long Island Herald
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman released an audit that was highly critical of the office of the public administrator and its former administrator.  

MLK Center hosts annual Thanksgiving dinner
Long Island Herald
Long Beach residents filed in to the Martin Luther King Center on Tuesday to collect turkeys and traditional Thanksgiving dinner trimmings before a large community gathering at the center. 

From the desk of Jack Schnirman: The realities of food insecurity
The Island Now
In recognition of Thanksgiving and the holiday season, we must recommit ourselves to the mission of eradicating hunger on Long Island. 

Report outlines challenges for Nassau County veterans, targets 5 areas
Newsday
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman, in a report identifying challenges to the county’s more than 50,000 veterans, said data-driven decisions are key to effective policy solutions.

 Audit: Nassau County's oversight of 'take-home' vehicles still lax 
Newsday
Nassau County has failed to monitor its “take-home” vehicle fleet, ensure drivers are properly licensed, and retrieve vehicles from departing workers in a timely manner, the county comptroller said Thursday.

Audit finds no oversight for Nassau’s ‘take-home’ vehicles
News 12 Long Island
MINEOLA -Nassau Comptroller Jack Schnirman says oversight is needed for the hundreds of county employees who use free cars on and off the job.

Abuses of Nassau’s take-home vehicles continued: audit
The Island Now
Problems surrounding Nassau County’s take-home vehicle policy that were identified in 2015 did not get fixed, according to a new audit from the county comptroller’s office.

County lost $6M in PILOT payments: Comptroller
The Island Now
An audit released last week by the Nassau County comptroller’s office showed that the county lost more than $6 million in PILOT payments due to expired or terminated agreements on properties that were not added back to the tax roll.

Nassau County Comptroller Audit Finds $6 Million In Lost Funds
Long Island Weekly
An audit by the Nassau County Comptroller uncovered more than $6 million in lost revenues owed to Nassau County because of expired or terminated Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) agreement properties that weren’t restored back to the tax roll.

Nassau comptroller: Sewer fee change will cost county $2.56M
Newsday
Nassau County will lose $2.56 million in revenue after “inconsistently negotiating” fees for connections to its sewage system by projects outside the district, including Oheka Castle’s Cold Spring Hills condominiums, according to a report by Nassau’s comptroller.

Nassau County continues to root out fraud in taxpayer-funded services
The Island Now
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran this week joined Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman to announce Nassau County’s continued efforts to root out waste fraud and abuse among essential services such as Medicaid, Day Care, SNAP and Public Assistance.

Comptroller: Nassau County Hit With Questionable Charges By New York American Water
CBS
WANTAGH, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A double-check of your utility bills could save you a bundle. That’s the message from officials in Nassau County. They say their review of water bills turned up expensive surprises.

How a large suburban county drained its rainy day fund
Bond Buyer
Long Island’s Nassau County, under the oversight of a financial control board since the start of the century, began the fiscal year with a new hole in its defenses against any unforeseen emergency.

Hotline allows workers to report employers who aren’t paying a living wage
FiOS 1 News
LONG ISLAND — Workers in Nassau County have a new tool to ensure they are being paid a living wage.

Schnirman announces hotline to report underpaying vendors
The Island Now
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced on Thursday a new, multilingual wage hotline that allows workers to report county vendors that are underpaying their employees.

Comptroller audit leads to Nassau whistleblower policy review
The Island Now
Nassau County whistleblower policies were not being distributed to all employees as required by county charter, Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman said he discovered during an initial investigation into his county-wide nepotism audit.

Nassau 'rainy day' fund $69 million in the red
Newsday
Nassau County's rainy day emergency fund had a deficit of $68.8 million at the end of 2017, "severely limiting" the county's ability to cover an "unexpected, catastrophic event," Comptroller Jack Schnirman said Monday.

Report: Nassau County's rainy day fund runs large deficit
News 12
NASSAU COUNTY - Nassau County is facing a $122 million deficit, according to a 2017 report released by Comptroller Jack Schnirman Monday.

Nassau’s fiscal crisis borders on emergency: comptroller
The Island Now
Nassau County is in a state of fiscal crisis bordering on fiscal emergency, County Comptroller Jack Schnirman (D-Long Beach) said Monday.

The ugly financial truth is clearer in Nassau County
Newsday
The Nassau County comptroller’s office closed the books on the eight-year tenure of former County Executive Edward Mangano on Monday when it delivered the county’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2017.

Comptroller: Nassau's in a state of fiscal crisis
Long Island Herald
Nassau County is in a state of a fiscal crisis, bordering on “fiscal emergency, due to the previous eight years of mismanagement,” according to Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman, who released an audit of the county’s annual financial status this week.

New Hyde Park Memorial wins big at comptroller’s entrepreneurial challenge
The Island Now
Five New Hyde Park Memorial High School students reigned supreme in last Wednesday’s sixth annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

Oceanside virtual enterprise team competes in county contest
Long Island Herald
Standing amid the crowded hallways of the Nassau County capitol building in Mineola late last month, Oceanside High School senior Eugene Raczka described a problem common to young adults: Finding time for breakfast. “There’s never enough,” he said. “… And convenience is a factor.”

Nassau Comptroller releases report on corruption
FiOS 1 News
MINEOLA — Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman says he wants to reverse a culture of corruption in the county government.

Nassau County Comptroller Schnirman Launches Nepotism Audit
CBS
MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A novel way of tracking how tax dollars are spent is coming to Long Island.

Schnirman announces nepotism audit in 100-day review
The Island Now
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman commemorated his 100th day in office on Tuesday by announcing a nepotism audit at his office in Mineola.

Nassau comptroller to conduct nepotism audit
News 12 Long Island
Schnirman said the audit is about more than looking at payroll documents and searching for familiar names. He says it’s not about who was hired, but how they were hired.

Nassau nepotism audit begins
Newsday
Nassau Comptroller Jack Schnirman on Monday began notifying county agencies that he has launched an audit of nepotism in county hiring.

Schnirman outlines busy future for comptroller’s office
The Island Now
Jack Schnirman has only been in office for three months, but the county comptroller hasn’t wasted any time getting comfortable.

Nassau County comptroller to audit bridge authority
LI Herald
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman says he will audit the county’s bridge authority, which operates the Atlantic Beach Bridge, explaining that a comprehensive financial review of the agency, which for years had a reputation for patronage and cronyism, was long overdue.

Jack Schnirman launches audit of Nassau parks nonprofit
Newsday
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman is launching an audit of Friends of Nassau County Recreation, a nonprofit that helps Nassau run the Long Island Marathon and has been a booster for county parks under previous administrations

Nassau comptroller seeks new members for fiscal oversight board
Newsday
The Nassau comptroller’s office is seeking members of the public to volunteer to serve on an unpaid advisory board that provides fiscal oversight of the county’s finances.

Schnirman to audit Nassau’s Assessment Review Commission
The Island Now
Following his announcement of an audit of Nassau County’s Industrial Development Agency last week, Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced Tuesday that he would also be auditing the Assessment Review Commission.

Comptroller Jack Schnirman to audit Nassau assessment panel
Newsday
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced plans Wednesday to audit the county commission that rules on commercial and residential property tax grievances, responding to what he said was growing public unhappiness with the county’s assessments.

Comptroller to audit Nassau IDA, fulfilling campaign promise
Newsday
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman is auditing the county’s Industrial Development Agency, which gives tax breaks to expanding businesses.

Schnirman to audit Nassau IDA
LI Herald
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced this week that his office would audit the county’s Industrial Development Agency to determine whether tax and other financial incentives the agency has granted to businesses in recent years have helped spur economic growth and benefited taxpayers.

Nassau resumes audit of Hempstead Animal Shelter
Newsday
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman announced plans Thursday to resume an audit into the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter’s finances.

Nassau County comptroller goes to work
LI Herald
New Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman is settling into his second floor office at 240 Old Country Road in Mineola, and said he has begun to understand what it will take to do the job effectively.

Schnirman sworn in as county comptroller
The Island Now
For Jack Schnirman, the third time was the charm. After his first two inaugurations were canceled by last week’s snowstorm, he was finally sworn in as Nassau County comptroller Tuesday afternoon at Nassau Community College.

Nassau Comptroller Jack Schnirman: I’ll be ‘fiscal umpire’
Newsday
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman vowed to act as the county’s “fiscal umpire” and to launch an audit of nepotism in county hiring as he was sworn in Tuesday at a ceremonial inauguration.

Long Beach's Jack Schnirman takes oath of office
LI Herald
Former Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman took the oath of office as Nassau County comptroller on Tuesday, pledging to be a fiscal watchdog in the wake of several corruption scandals involving Long Island elected officials.