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Eileen Goggin Replaces Fagen on City Council

Appointed made at special meeting Sunday.

Eileen Goggin. (Credit: City of Long Beach)
Eileen Goggin. (Credit: City of Long Beach)
The Long Beach City Council on Sunday appointed Eileen Goggin to fill a vacancy of the unexpired term of Councilman Michael Fagen, who a jury convicted of multiple felonies last week.  

An attorney and Democrat, Goggin will vacate her seat on the Long Beach Zoning Board of Appeals, to which she was appointed to a three-year term on Jan. 8, to join the council. The council voted unanimously for her appointment, and she will fill out the remainder of Fagen's term that ends in November. 

"I am honored to be joining the Long Beach City Council," Goggin said in a statement released by the city. "During this critical period of rebirth, I look forward to working with the current dedicated members of our City Council and our many concerned citizens in the task of rebuilding Long Beach into the city we all know and love."

Goggin is a law secretary in the New York State Unified Court System, where she conducts trials, attends court conferences, researches legal issues and negotiates settlements. She received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Adelphi University and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School, and previously served as a deputy county attorney in Nassau County.

"In this time of recovery, it is critical that we have a full, five-member council in place to tackle the important issues facing the City and our residents," Council President Scott J. Mandel said in a statement. "Eileen is a great representative of the City and a terrific choice."

With Goggin's appointment, the Democrats will maintain their 4-1 majority on the council. 

Goggin has a daughter who attends Long Beach schools and she was involved the Long Beach Lawyers association and the Long Beach Theater Guild, as well as other organizations and activities in the city, according to the city.  

Said City Manager Jack Schnirman about Goggin’s appointment: "I am really excited to have the opportunity to work with Eileen as this administration moves forward and continues to focus like a laser on the City's recovery.”

On Feb. 5, Fagen was found guilty on charges that he illegally collected unemployment benefits in 2010 while he was employed by the City of Long Beach as a council member, and he faces a maximum of four years in prison when he is sentenced on April 8. Corey Klein, the city’s attorney, said that Fagen’s conviction means that he is removed from the council. Fagen's attorney, Marc Gann of Mineola, said he will appeal the conviction
Elliot Zuckerman February 10, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Ellen, as a life long resident I would like to welcome you and wish you all the very best.
The real bear February 10, 2013 at 04:06 PM
Who would be honored to serve on that council
Jack February 10, 2013 at 04:59 PM
"previously served as a deputy county attorney in Nassau County." Political Hack from the court system- :"meet the new boss, same as the old boss" "We won't get fooled again""
Elliot Zuckerman February 11, 2013 at 06:59 AM
No how do you know how she will be on the council ? of course I am sure you both could do so much better, nothing like giving someone chance, any suggestions on how you two would make things so much better here? I would love to know. besides saying fire all the cops, FD and city manager, speaking of at least he is out there, his door is always open and my opinion the best we had in years....
Jack February 11, 2013 at 08:01 AM
Anybody hear anything on big problems at Lido Towers?
Howie February 11, 2013 at 06:13 PM
Why Fagen is going to appeal is beyond me. He will not do any Prison time. Likely to get probation and have to make restitution. Put it behind you, the stress of a long appeal, who needs it. Goggen, hand picked yes woman. Don't want to rock the boat.
Jack February 11, 2013 at 09:07 PM
He can't make restitution he is broke. he is battling friends for money.
Howie February 11, 2013 at 11:10 PM
They can garnish any future earnings. If they could put a Lien on ones soul, they will.
Just wondering February 12, 2013 at 07:40 AM
Good luck Eileen. Way to go...Roz from Pheobe's
Ned Schneebly February 12, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Goggin worked in the County Attorney's office under the Suozzi administration and now works as a law clerk for a Dem judge. She was hanging out front of East School a good part of the day on Election Day handing out Dem literature. Another Democratic political yes person.
Ned Schneebly February 12, 2013 at 03:29 PM
Goggin worked as an Asst. County Atty during he Suozzi administration. She now works as a law clerk for a Dem judge. She spent a good part of the day on Election Day in front of East School handing out Dem literature. Just another Democratic yes person with ties to the machine.
Ned Schneebly February 12, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Goggin worked as Asst. County Atty under Suozzzi administration. She is now a law clerk for a Dem judge. She spent a good deal of the day on Election Day out front of Easy School handing out Dem lierature. Just another Dem machine yes person.
Ned Schneebly February 12, 2013 at 03:32 PM
Goggin worked as Asst. County Atty under Suozzzi administration. She is now a law clerk for a Dem judge. She spent a good deal of the day on Election Day out front of Easy School handing out Dem lierature. Just another Dem machine yes person.
Howie February 12, 2013 at 03:40 PM
Ned, which is why she was appointed. Would the council appoint someone who they were not sure of falling into the knee jerk reflex line. I think not.
Cara Gold February 12, 2013 at 04:17 PM
If the republicans were in power would they elect a democrat? I don't think so.
Howie February 12, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Cara, you are correct. Where you are wrong is she was not elected but appointed by the current council. My view is having council members representing both parties is a healthier form of governing. It's would be a system of checks and balances and may prevent either party from running amok and covering their derrieres.
Annette M La Salle February 12, 2013 at 05:41 PM
i thought residents vote people in am i wrong dont know anything about her fagen did some good things too and the former administration where is our 10 million im so frustrated
Carly February 12, 2013 at 09:06 PM
Prepare for continuing frustration, mismanagement, lack of accountability and transparency. No matter which party is in office, Long Beach will never thrive due to embedded cronyism. The only way for LB to rise from its proverbial ashes is to have a referendum for a mayor. Someone who is smart, financially savvy, gives a damn about the people who live here AND has to produce in order to keep his/her job, benefits and salary can change our future.
Howie February 13, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Carly, You hit the nail on the head. I find it amusing reading some of the partisan bickering. Its always the other party's fault. LB has been in control of the Dems the majority of times through out the years. It really does not matter who is in charge. Cronyism, nepotism and corruption has been a way of life in LB for decades.
Hamburger February 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM
Why do i keep getting this feeling that there are people out there who continue to benefit regardless of which party has control?
Ned Schneebly February 13, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Cara Gold, nice to see you here. In other posts you claimed the past administration was "intimidating people, stealing and corruption." And that "there is a long paper trail to support all of the fraud and disloyalty to the residents of this great city" left by "the thieves of the last administration." As I previously asked, please offer some examples of what your are talking about and some evidence to support your allegations. Also Cara, where are the finacials to support the claims of the City's financial crisis put forth by this administration. They should have had the auditors report months ago. Could it be that it does not support what the Dems have been claiming?
Hamburger February 13, 2013 at 12:21 PM
Moody's is lying! Call the Feds!
Ned Schneebly February 13, 2013 at 02:11 PM
Moody's was based on what the new administration told them. See Mongo, what they do is make it seem worse than it it actually is. Then when the truth comes out, they can say "look what we did to turn this around." Or if Moody's issues a positive review based on the "new' (read: actual) numbers, they tout it as their accomplishment. Its all smoke and mirrors. Wait and see. Not that the other guys didn't do the same mind you.
Hamburger February 13, 2013 at 02:44 PM
Mongo no like
Ned Schneebly February 13, 2013 at 05:07 PM
Ned no like either, but that's the way they play the game. Just don't be fool enought to fall for it.
Jack February 13, 2013 at 05:43 PM
LB needs to have council districts so they can represent residents needs. This at large system allows Democrats to vvote multiple times. Their fear is they would have to answer to specific issues in neighborhoods.
Hamburger February 13, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Mongo like this idea: no taxation without representation.
jimmy walsh February 17, 2013 at 10:20 AM
start with a new police commissioner and a new head of recreation tangney hasnt solved one major crime in the city and is clueless bob at the rec is just plan in over his head

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