Facebook Group Calls for Schnirman's Return to 'Crookhaven'

Residents demand removal from page they said they never asked to join.

A newly-created Facebook group, dubbed “Send Jack Schnirman Back to ‘Crookhaven,’” was launched last weekend and added some 200 members, several residents of whom wrote that they were added without their consent and asked to be removed from the page.

The group – which refers to Long Beach’s city manager who was the former chief deputy supervisor at the Town of Brookhaven – wrote at the top of its page that Schnirman and “his friends from Crookhaven have ruined the reputation of our great city. He has come into our city and managed to ruin our reputation, negatively impact our property values and hurt the image of the city we love. Hit the road Jack and don’t come back! We want a city manager who wants to improve our city, not just improve his resume!”

Facebook user Jarred Enzley is listed on the group’s wall as the creator, but it is uncertain if that is a real name.

Some users commented that they were added to the group through Enzley’s “friend” account, which was previously called Long Beach Matters, according to the Long Beach Herald, who also reported that the page’s administrator did not respond to an email sent on Tuesday and that Schnirman declined to comment about the group.

Resident Dave Yolinsky — who was among the users concerned that their unapproved inclusion in the group implies they support the group’s mission — wrote:

“In my opinion, the person in charge of the Facebook account Long Beach Matters has no right to put me in the group without my consent. His or her political views do not represent my own. This person created a Facebook account to get information out to the public, and used his newly acquired ‘friends’ to push his own political agenda without their permission.”

Others who wrote on the group wall wrote such messages as “Remove me from this please. I NEVER asked to be added to this nonsense,” and “Remove me from this, I never consented.”

On Tuesday, City Council Vice President Len Torres wrote on the group wall, suggesting that law enforcement should get involved: “We must stick together and fight moronic behavior … Facebook should have the person who started this arrested immediately.”

There was also speculation on the group’s wall that Jim Hennessy — a former Republican City Council member — created the group as a way to smear the Schnirman administration.

Hennessy also blogs for Patch and is highly critical of the new city manager and Democrat administration, but he denied involvement with the group and said that it is unfortunate that many people have resorted to anonymous blogging.

“If someone has something to say they should have the courage to speak their mind openly,” Hennessy told Patch in an email. “I think people are smart enough to simply ignore those who blog under fake and anonymous names. Democracy thrives when there is an open public debate; it enhances checks and balances in a Democracy. People should blog with their real name, and if they don't we should ignore them.”

Commenting on the Herald’s story on the paper's website, Long Beach resident Gary Pollakusky, a managing partner of the media agency Media Barrel, encouraged readers and elected officials to check out his self-described non-partisan Facebook page, Citizens for Long Beach, NY, which he created in the months prior to the November City Council election.

“I think it is important that social forums like http://facebook.com/citizensforlbny are not just used by officials to appeal to voters prior to an election,” Pollakusky wrote. “It is important that our leaders get involved in communicating with the public forums they are constructively communicating in! I don't think groups like the one that this article is focussed on, would ever appear if the public was satisfied with the communication they are receiving from City Hall.”

Kirk Mozes April 12, 2012 at 04:17 PM
If you find yourself in a Facebook group that you dont want to be in , leave it and report it to Facebook ! Giving attention to haters only fuels their fire. You can also look to see who added you to the group and who the administrators are and REPORT them as well. Be proactive instead of complaining and take some action , simply posting "Remove Me" from the group wall will do nothing to close down a site, reporting it to Facebook will make a difference on attempting to do something about it.
paul.d.spellman April 12, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Our City Council VP, is quoted in this story as saying "We must stick together and fight moronic behavior … Facebook should have the person who started this arrested immediately." Mr Torres: (I know you will read this) --What should the person be arrested for? --Could you clarify which moronic behavior you were speaking about, was it the person creating a facebook page expressing their opinion or our City Council VP calling for their arrest?
John April 12, 2012 at 06:09 PM
Clearly Mr. Torres is seriously overreacting to the FB page and there's not a chance in h*ll anyone is going to get arrested over this. that said, there's going to be new laws emerging over issues like this. the FB page's administrator, and perhaps others, are adding people to a group that don't wish to be part of. that page has a very clear stance and the amount of 'friends' it has is something equivalent to people signing a petition (forging names upon which, is illegal). I counted over 20 local businesses who's FB pages were 'fans' of the page in question. do you think they all want to be associated with such a page? could that not, in some way, be construed as liable? Would it be legal for Jack to go around saying that Cabana, or Swingbelly's or any other establishment in the city supports them when, in fact, they've stated no such thing? Mr. Torres clearly jumped off the deep end, but don't trivialize the issue.
Jason April 12, 2012 at 09:36 PM
So jack ruined long beach in 3 months?people are moron's
Eddie April 13, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Be careful. Len Torres may be calling in the Facebook Police on this one. Meanwhile, Len, is the LBPD scrambling to set up a Facebook Anti-terrorist Bureau? If that quote from you is accurate, you should really be ashamed of your ignorance of the law.
Big fan April 13, 2012 at 02:22 AM
Tell me how to join the cause!!! I think it's awesome! Finally someone is speaking the truth .
DR. Jay April 13, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Cowards hide behind Fake Facebook Pages
Anna Sench April 13, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Tell it to Thomas Paine.
Greg April 13, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Thank you for managing to articulate my feelings on this matter. WOW. ARRESTED? What is next? The Feelings Police?
Eddie April 13, 2012 at 07:40 PM
A number of the major landlords are financing a similar movement on the behalf of their tenants to stop the huge taxes that will force $100/month rent increases. They're looking at the legality of some of the Democrats' new positions, salary increases, appointments and their new anti-Republican 11% tax. Unless you like flushing your money into the political toilet, you must support the ousting of these new political hacks.
DR. Jay April 13, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Eddie we as residents we know how to do that at the Voting Polls. Not cowardly hiding behind a fake Facebook page that is grabbing the bull by the horn. I can bet the person who created the page will not go to a City Council meeting and tell Jack to go back to Crookhaven.
LI Resistance April 14, 2012 at 02:18 AM
It is shocking that an elected city councilman would resort to chilling free expression by making baseless threats to arrest an online inovator expressing political opinion . I know Len Torres is a Democrat , which might explain his arrogant intolerance of alternate points of view.
Max Power April 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM
It's the same thing as forging signatures on a petition. Jimmy Hennessy under one of his MANY pen names attempted to claim that many of us were displeased with our current city manager and looking to recall him. Hennessy is a liar and a thief. He should be in jail with his buddy Fagen. The only question is which one would be the wife? Id guess Hennessy with his pretty eyes and hair would be taking it. Stay tuned...........
Max Power April 14, 2012 at 11:26 AM
No but he will pose on the Just for Men box. What a lying piece of garbage Hennessy is. He should be a man and admit what he did in public!
Max Power April 14, 2012 at 11:29 AM
What a shock! Hennessy deleted the account that invited all those people to the group. Don't worry....... he still has several fake accounts left to post his bull propaganda. EARTH TO PATCH........ Why are you still publishing his garbage??????? WAKE UP KELLARD....... I dont care how much money the Coalition is paying you. It has gotten ridiculous.
The real bear April 14, 2012 at 05:24 PM
Torres=Hack. How about a thought police?
Gary April 15, 2012 at 03:44 PM
I don't understand why FB allows people to just add people to their group without asking. All of a sudden you open your email and their are 1000 updates about a group you didn't ask to join. There's going to come a day when people just get fed up with FB and leave in mass.
joanne April 15, 2012 at 08:54 PM
To bad he cant exert the same energy cleaning up City Hall, just another politically motivated, baseless diversion to take away from the real problems of this City.


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