LONG BEACH - A Long Beach woman whose birthday plans were shelved by Hurricane Sandy got to celebrate her special day with her family today.
Goldie Steinberg turned 112 back on Oct. 30, but the devastating superstorm put the celebration on the back burner. Today, she got to spend the day with loved ones at Grandell Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Long Beach.
Steinberg is believed to be the oldest living Long Islander. She has donated a sample of her DNA to the Albert Einsten Medical College, in the hope of tracking down the secret to her longevity. But Steinberg says she knows what the secret is: her wonderful children.
Goldie Steinberg worked well into her 80s as a seamstress. A diehard Yankees fan, she has seen the Bronx Bombers win all 27 world titles. Since arriving in America from Moldova, she says her love of politics has brought her to the polls since 1929, when she voted for Herbert Hoover.
Steinberg's son, Donald, says his mother is an inspiration. "She rebounds from little setbacks and gives us all more hope," he says.