Birnbaum said, “I am a lifelong resident of Nassau County. I strongly believe that we need to attract new jobs, create exciting downtown areas, and make Nassau County a destination in which young families choose to live and work.” Birnbaum continued, “Public safety is a top priority, and I have been advocating for the return of a fully staffed Nassau County Sixth Precinct,” which was merged in 2012 with the county’s Third Precinct. Birnbaum said, “I believe that we need greater transparency in government and would like to cut wasteful spending at the county, decrease exorbitant county fee increases, and reduce the county’s high debt.” Birnbaum advocates creating “an independent inspector general office to improve transparency in county government and weed out corruption.”
Birnbaum, 62, of Great Neck, is running on the Democratic, Independence, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. She received a bachelor’s degree in consumer economics and public policy from Cornell University and an MBA in finance from New York University. She is seeking her third term as a county legislator, having previously served as the director of the office of inter-municipal coordination for the Town of North Hempstead. Birnbaum is vice president of membership and former president of the Great Neck Lulav group of Hadassah, and she is an active member of Temple Israel of Great Neck. She is a member of the Great Neck Historical Society, and is a flutist with the Great Neck Rotary Summer Band. Birnbaum is married and has three children.