Mandel said he is running on his record of working on bringing the city back from the brink of bankruptcy and rebuilding after superstorm Sandy. During his tenure, the city has rebuilt the boardwalk, replanted trees and renovated every park in the city. Mandel said the next city council should continue to address flooding on the bay side and look to address parking availability. He said the city should follow the comprehensive plan to balance development with the Zoning Board of Appeals.
Mandel, 43, is running on the Democratic, Working Families, Women’s Equality and Independence party lines. He received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hofstra University and a law degree from Hofstra Law School. Mandel was elected to the city council in 2011 and previously served as council president for two years. He works as a law clerk to Nassau Supreme Court Justice Hope Zimmerman. Previously, he was a litigation attorney for a Roslyn Heights law firm. He formerly taught as an adjunct faculty member at St. John’s University School of Law. He is married, with one daughter.