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Voter's Guide 2011: The Candidates

Patch gives a rundown on the ballot in Long Beach.

Planning to vote on Election Day? This guide will tell Long Beach residents what they need to know to prepare for Tuesday's elections.

Where to Vote

The Long Beach School District has polling places at East School, Lindell School and West School. Other polling locations are at City Hall, Temple Emanu-el and Long Beach Housing Authority. If you need help finding your polling place, click here or here.


Candidates for Nassau County 4th Legislative District

R - Denise Ford - First elected in 2003, Denise Ford is the Republican incumbent seeking a fifth term in the 4th Legislative District in Nassau County. A resident of Long Beach for more than 30 years, Ford is a former technician and union shop steward from New York Telephone who retired in 1999. She currently serves as the chair of the Economic & Community Development & Labor Committee and vice chair of the Government Services & Operations Committee, and serves both on the Planning, Development & Environment Committee and the Public Safety Committee.

D - Darlene Tangney - A 35 year resident of Long Beach, Darlene Tangney was elected to the Long Beach Board of Education in 2009, and has served as vice president. She has been an active volunteer in the community and schools for 20 years. She is the Chair Emeritus of the Long Beach High School PTSA Morning Madness Committee, which provides an alcohol- and drug-free environment on prom night; an active member of Long Island MADD; and a founding member of the Coalition to Prevent Underage Drinking-Long Beach Medical Center.

Candidates for Long Beach City Council 

D – Fran Adelson - Fran Adelson is a two-term Long Beach Library Board trustee who has lived in Long Beach since 1985. Moving to Long Beach, Fran picked up where she left off in her Brooklyn neighborhood, where she worked with Charles Schumer in developing crime prevention programs, and becoming involved in a variety of local community groups. A Canals resident and a Long Beach Real Estate Broker for more than 23 years, Adelson is also a member of the Long Beach Historical Society, Long Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Nassau County Library Association. She made her first run at a City Council seat in 2009. 

R – Mona Goodman - Mona Goodman has been the vice president of the Long Beach City Council since 2008. Born in Brooklyn, Goodman moved to Long Island at the age of ten and has lived in Long Beach for the past 20 years, residing on Broadway in the center of Long Beach. She is a graduate of Brandeis University's class of 1982. She is a businesswoman and civic activist who is involved in several local organizations. Goodman was first elected to the council in 2003 and served a two-year term to 2005. She was elected again in 2007 to a four-year term.

D – Scott Mandel - Raised in nearby Oceanside, Scott Mandel has lived in the President Streets area of Long Beach since 2002. He is a practicing senior trial attorney focused on real estate, education and associated complex litigation. Mandel is a member of the Long Beach Democratic Committee, the Long Beach City coordinator of the New York Democratic Lawyers Council ensuring voter rights, a volunteer mediator in the Nassau County District Court and a law student mentor at Hofstra University. He also a member of the Long Beach Auxiliary Police.

R – Thomas Sofield - Thomas Sofield Jr. has been president of the Long Beach City Council since 2008. He is lifelong resident of Long Beach and lives in the Westholme neighborhood. A 1983 graduate of Long Beach High School, Sofield received his undergraduate degree from Villanova University and a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law. An attorney in private practice, Sofield has served as a former New York State Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Corporation Counsel in the City of Long Beach. He first won election to the council in November 2003 and served a four-year term. He was reelected to a four-year term in 2007.

D – Len Torres - Len Torres was elected to a two-year term on the City Council in 2009. In 1973, he became a fourth grade teacher at Magnolia School, and later taught English Literature and Composition at Long Beach High School and also coordinated the Bilingual/ESL programs for the Long Beach School District. He was acting Dean of Students and served as Assistant Principal for three years. From 1983 to 1985, he taught English as a Second Language at Adelphi University, followed by positions as principal, superintendent and deputy superintendent in Puerto Rico, the Bronx, Roosevelt and Hempstead. He retired in 2005. He has served on the Long Beach Zoning Board and Housing Commission.

R – Marvin Weiss - Marvin Weiss is a life-long Long Beach resident who lives in the Canals. He is an avid environmentalist working as a sales professional in the health care field and an ocean lifeguard in Long Beach on weekends in the summer. He is active in the Surfrider Foundation, an environmental group that seeks to protect oceans and beaches. Weiss made his first run at a City Council seat in 2009.

John November 08, 2011 at 04:54 PM
fyi...the email is dated November 11th. What's up with that?
Jay Gusler November 08, 2011 at 05:36 PM
A few years back Tom Sofield Sr. encountered a City worker using a City photocopier to print/copy something "campaign related". Mr. Sofield referred that matter to the Nassau County DA's Office. Wonder how this use of City equipment for partisan purposes will be handled?
Publius November 08, 2011 at 07:55 PM
Police department email looks sketchy given wrong date. However, if it is occuring, it is against the law. What is occuring and inappropriate, although not illegal, is coaches of kids' sports teams sending email blasts to the parents through the emails provided by parents in respect of those sports teams. One on one contact with a parent you know or have information for is one thing, but group email blast propaganda is another and in my view violates the nature of the relationship. That some of these coaches may be City employees (including policemen) makes it worse. Note to all political parties and coaches -- you have my email for use relating to my kid and the team, not political propoganda. Please respect that relationship.
jetsboog November 08, 2011 at 08:02 PM
getting an email saying remember to vote is not propaganda in my book
Publius November 08, 2011 at 08:14 PM
jetsboog, we read different books. I have those email lists as well and can send my own email disagreeing with the recommendation (which is not merely a reminder to vote) and then others on the lsit can do same, and then maybe people on that list, whose kids are on the soccer or other team ca start fighting, or maybe the coach won't play their kid, and what started as a wholesome endeavor -- my kid, your kid and a sport has move into something else. Leave what you want in my mailbox or on my doorknob. Write a piece here or in the Herald or elsewhere. Show upo at a candidates forum. But don't use my email that I gave you for a particular purpose to solicit my vote in front of a list of other parents.

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