In 2011 there were 24 shootings in the City of Long Beach. Between January 1, 2012 and December 31 2012, the same year the Mandel-Goggin Administration took over city, Mike Tangney was appointted Police Commissiojer and restructured the entire police department, there were 32 shootings. That is a dramatic 33% increase. Furthermore, according to the data only 3 of the shootings occurred in the time period between Super Storm Sandy, October 28, 2012, and the end of the year! Thus City Hall cannot spin this and say "these were as a result of the storm!"
While the violent crime rate increased dramatically in Long Beach crime has fallen on the rest of Long Island where, according to Newsday, violent crime was down sharply in Nassau and Suffolk. In addition Newsday and the FBI's Uniform Crime Report indicates that crime is down in New York City, in the Northeast of the nation, as well as in the nation overall!
A few days ago, I wrote a blog and cited statistics from New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services that shows a dramatic increase in violent crime in Long Beach since 2012, with the sharpest increase in burglaries which were up 160% in 2012, and up an additional 80% in 2013, for a total increase of 240% since Mandel-Goggin Administration entered city hall and appointed Mike Tangney Police Commissioner!
In summary, let's take a look at the various things in Long Beach that have increased since the Mandel-Goggin City Council Administration took over city hall:
- Shootings in the city have increased 33%
- Burglaries in the city have increased 167%
- Aggravated Assault (assaults with a weapon) increased 9%
- Robberies increased 27%
- Police Commissioner Tangney's pay increased to $302,000
- Police were given a contract that will increase their salaries 27%
- Taxes increased over 15% in less than one year
- City Debt has increased 140%, from $48 million to $115 million and to $125 million after the city borrows an additional $12 million from the state of New York this fall.
- The number of political "family and friends" of Mandel- Goggin administration who have been hired to city hall jobs, awarded contract, promotions and/or taxpayer funded settlements has increased, costing taxpayers over $1.5 million a year!
Residents should ask themselves one question this election season, "Are Long Beach residents better off today than they were 2 years ago?"
Recently obtained crime data says we are not. Yet Police Commissioner Mike Tangney is being paid $302,000 a year from a secret contract and the Long Beach Police were recently awarded a 27% pay raise! The numbers above speak for themselves; Long beach Residents are not better off than they were 2 years ago, and the data supports this!