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.

Jay Gusler November 07, 2011 at 09:30 PM
The actions of the Coalition and its appointed City Manager have finally been explained: “When people are incompetent in the strategies they adopt to achieve success and satisfaction, they suffer a dual burden: Not only do they reach erroneous conclusions and make unfortunate choices, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it. Instead, … they are left with the erroneous impression they are doing just fine.” Justin Kruger and David Dunning, “Unskilled and Unaware of It: How Difficulties of Recognizing One’s Own Incompetence Lead to Inflated Self-assessments,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 1999, vol. 77, no. 6, pp. 1121-1134.
Michele Reinbach November 07, 2011 at 11:58 PM
"Planning to Vote on Election Day?" Absolutely!! That is what I hope will be the unanimous response. The above will help guide you to your polling place, opened from 6 am to 9 pm. Thank you, Joe and Patch Staff for providing this for us. Thank you also for "closing comments" on columns and blog posts that had comments that were unfortunately getting out of hand. Though everyone in the democracy that we are fortunate to live in, has a right to their opinion, (as I did in my recent column, (http://longbeach.patch.com/articles/tuesday-s-council-meeting-epitomized-dirty-politics,) when an enormous quantity of comments are deleted, I ask those who comment, to please think before they write.121 comments were made, 97 comments were deleted which equals 24 comments. A deletion record on Long Beach Patch! Long Beach Patch SHOULD be a venue where residents writing a column or blog can VOICE their OPINION which in turn will generate comments that are intelligent, well-thought-out, and APPROPRIATE, not malicious, cruel and damaging, even with the expected heated dialogues that portray differences in opinion. Differences in opinion will be the focus tomorrow on Election day. It is everyone's right to decide whom they feel are the best possible candidates to serve our beautiful city. Please VOTE or don't complain if you are disappointed with the outcome of this very IMPORTANT election. Your vote can determine much about the present direction of Long Beach and its future!
LBLover November 08, 2011 at 12:27 AM
Vote for the best people not the party line!
Jay Gusler November 08, 2011 at 01:03 AM
3rdgen, I admire your idealism, but as pointed out elsewhere, the strategy of splitting ones vote is flawed in its effect. Lets say that Mother Theresa and Mahatma Gandhi are both sitting in the minority on the Council. All of their "goodness" will be wasted due to their being marginalized by the majority on the Council. While the candidates are all individuals, they ultimately operate within a structure wherein the majority rules. The only way your preferred candidates will ever get to show you that they were worthy of your vote is if they are empowered with majority status. I just want you, and all voters, to go into that booth tomorrow with that understanding. You may still choose to split your vote as you see fit, but realize that you're hamstringing a candidate by not also voting for his/her running mates. I strongly urge you to consider this reality while casting your ballot, but most of all I applaud your involvement in the process. The only way voters don't win is if they don't vote.
Publius November 08, 2011 at 01:38 AM
Just today I reached a final conclusion as to my votes. I had planned to vote for one coalition candidate. But as I considered the prospect of the ruling party staying in power, that clinched it for me. It is absolutely about the candidates, but at the same time, and given the history of the last couple years, one would be beyond a super optimist to think a shuffling of the deck chairs on the coalition side would change anything. I was in that frame of mind until the last few days, No more. This City needs a wholesale change of power. Let the other guys have at it for a couple of years and see what they do. No I'm not afraid they will destroy things. They are not that strong.... And I would be on them if they don't do right. We all should be. And, should the coalition stay in power, they should reflect on the struggle of this election, and the very clear concerns of the governed, and adjust accordingly. Good luck to all, and good luck to us! PS -- term limits!!!!
moe November 08, 2011 at 02:06 AM
Tomorrow as you head to the polls think about the last time you voted for a Democrat based on his call for "change", "transparency" and "hope". Based on that I think you will see the Coalition is the right choice.
Jay Gusler November 08, 2011 at 02:34 AM
As famously observed by Thomas "Tip" O'Niell, "All politics is local". Party affiliations are meaningless in the City Council elections. There will be no debate on abortion, immigration or the Middle East going on on the sixth floor of City Hall. What could, and should be being debated among those we elect to the Council are the issues that most directly impact our lives as citizens of this City. That some candidates are running under the same Party banner as our current President is oh, so irrelevant to the work they will be asked to do as Council members. Furthermore, Tom Sofield and John McLaughlin are both registered members of that same Democratic Party that President Obama belongs to (as is Denise Ford). If the performance of the Democratic Party on the national stage was all that relevant to the governance of this City, I'd think these local politicians would have shed their Democratic affiliations long ago. Far from repudiating the party that they are personally enrolled in, they instead tout that affiliation as exemplifying their 'coalition' status, and willingness to work across party lines. Thus any tarring of the candidates by association with the President unavoidably splatters two thirds of the Coalition.
Tideline November 08, 2011 at 03:23 AM
I saw a sign today for Denise Ford "Remember she raised your RE taxes and gave salary increases to her friends"
Tideline November 08, 2011 at 12:23 PM
Which RE Office does Fran Adelson work for ?
LBLover November 08, 2011 at 12:38 PM
LOL I would not be saying the Coalition is transparent ... FOIL it ! They didn't do that 2 years ago so something caused them from going from open to FOIL
LBLover November 08, 2011 at 12:59 PM
It is flawed if you hate the coalition as much as you do. But I don't. I don't hate Theofan as much as you do either. I wish the dems put up stronger people but they didn't. I do think the power as gone to Mr. Sofields head and I do hope when his family and friends go to vote will realize he has changed but they won't they are sheep. I say again vote for those who you think will do a great job! LB needs a 3rd party.. the two clubhouses in LB are terrible... Jay.. lots of for sale signs in LB new blood coming to LB
Jay Gusler November 08, 2011 at 01:27 PM
3rdgen, You seem to be afflicted with the same problem as many others here are. That is that you fixate on the messenger, to the detriment of the message. My personal inclinations are well known. I've been politically involved here for a very long time. I know the system inside out. How I feel about a given party does not affect the system. That system is as described to you above. So, again, all are free to vote any way they like, but putting two 'nice people' on the Council to languish on the fringes while the majority freeze them out of the process of governing isn't going to be much fun for them. More importantly, it will not bring about the change this City so desperately needs and deserves. Think about it. It's not a matter of niceness or popularity, its a matter of governing. Only three like minded individuals can determine the direction of the City. The only way to be sure of that is to vote a line.
Marc Brandt November 08, 2011 at 02:37 PM
Out of the seemingly hundreds of signs from south Oceanside all the way to Long Beach you had to have noticed the best sign of all, tell me you didn't smile when you saw the Swingbelly's lawn signs. Today is Election Day and I hope you are all free to vote your conscience.
Marc Brandt November 08, 2011 at 02:43 PM
Thank you for not attacking me over my grammatical error in my previous post. I was tired. You might even say barely conscious. ;) Remember to VOTE !!
concerned citizen November 08, 2011 at 03:41 PM
LONG BEACH REPUBLICAN COALITION CAMPAIGN BEING RUN ILLEGALLY FROM INSIDE THE LONG BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT!!! below is excerpt from email right from the police department campaigning for the republicans From John Radin jradin@lbpd.com Sent Tuesday November 11, 2011 8:56 am Speaking from my perspective as a public safety officer, I would like to add that the current administration has supported the Police Department and enabled us to make the Long Beach Police Department one of the most progressive Departments in the State and kept Long Beach one of the safest communities in the County. While other Police Departments are being forced to reduce services and operate under constant scrutiny, this administration's cooperation and trust has allowed us to operate with autonomy in the best interests of the City and the residents' safety… I am confident that if the Coalition Party retains a majority on the City Council we will conntinue to provide the highest level of police service, which is an integral part to the quality of life we enjoy in Long Beach. Thanks, Jack Radin
jetsboog November 08, 2011 at 03:49 PM
concerned citizen , seems 1 police officers opinion and a fair assessment may i add
Insider November 08, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Jetsboog – perhaps his opinion, which he is certainly entitled; however, sending it from LBPD departmental email is highly inappropriate. Especially since he is second in command of the entire police force.
jetsboog November 08, 2011 at 04:06 PM
i have no problem with it being sent from the LBPD email not sure why it would be deemed inappropriate. then again its only my opinion
John November 08, 2011 at 04:28 PM
actually, public employees are NOT allowed to use office/public property (email) to electioneer. FACT, not opinion.
MikeC. November 08, 2011 at 04:31 PM
I think it was for Nixon/Agnew and Bush/Cheney, stellar examples of Republican leadership; these worthies will be on my mind when I cast my ballot this evening, Angelo.
jetsboog November 08, 2011 at 04:42 PM
maybe it is a fact since i am not in the public sector but i still have no problem with it . concerned citizen to whom did jack send that email?
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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