Republican politicians seek action for controversial retirement payouts made in Long Beach

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Local politicians are calling for the resignations of several Long Beach officials following controversial retirement payouts worth thousands of dollars.

Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes, Don Clavin, called for the resignations of current Nassau Comptroller Jack Schnirman and the current chief-of-staff for the Hempstead Supervisor, Jim LaCarubba.

As News 12 has previously reported, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is conducting an audit of payouts made to Schnirman, the city's former manager, LaCarubba, a former department head and others.

Nassau Legislator Denise Ford, who represent Long Beach, says the FBI is also investigating. She says LaCarubba should resign and Schnirman should work proactively to resolve the issue.

A spokesperson for Schnirman called Tuesday's press conference a "partisan political attack," adding that "being lectured on ethics by Nassau Republican politicians like Denise Ford who did nothing to stop the corruption of Ed Mangano is the height of hypocrisy."

LaCarubba also responded to the call for his resignation.

"I stand by my record of commitment and achievement as a public servant and will not be swayed by dirty politics and desperate campaign tactics," he said.

Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas is also investigating the payouts in Long Beach, but Clavin says she might have a conflict of interest since she and LaCarubba's current boss, Laura Gillen, are each running for re-election as Democrats this year.

A spokesperson for Singas says there is no conflict of interest.

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