Schnirman wants to make the county’s finances more transparent, institute tougher auditing standards and reform Nassau’s contracting system. “It’s all about cleaning up corruption and reforming Nassau’s finances so we can save taxpayer dollars,” Schnirman said. If elected, Schnirman wants to modernize the county’s finances so that more information is available electronically and to create a new publicly accessible scorecard to track the county’s fiscal data. He said he also would work with Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas to implement her 2015 report on county contracting, including establishing an independent inspector general’s office with the authority to investigate all contracts. Schnirman is also urging residents to provide suggestions for cleaning up the county’s finances. “If you see waste, fraud or inefficiency; something that is corrupt and needs to be audited and reformed . . . send those items in,” Schnirman said. “We are making a list so that on Jan. 1, we will know what needs to be looked at here in Nassau County.”
Schnirman, 39, of Long Beach, is making his first run for elected office and is running on the Democratic, Working Families and Women’s Equality party lines. Schnirman, who grew up in Kings Park, has served as Long Beach’s city manager since 2012. His contract expires in March 2018. He received a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Tufts University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Schnirman previously worked for Bowne Management Systems as a management consultant and as chief deputy town supervisor in the Town of Brookhaven. He is married, with one daughter.