Long Beach, NY – September 3, 2013 – Moody's Investors Service has improved the outlook on the City of Long Beach's general obligation bonds from negative to stable. The August 2013 Moody's report cites the current administration's “improved financial controls and policies leading to balanced budgets” and shrinking the City's overall debt level by $6M as reasons for the positive report. This is in stark contrast to the previous administration that elicited an unprecedented five-level downgrade with fiscal mismanagement of epic proportions.
"We are extremely pleased that Moody's is applauding this administration for restoring fiscal responsibility in Long Beach after years of mismanagement by the Republican administration," said City Council President Scott J. Mandel.
In February 2012, shortly after the current administration took office, the City Council voted to declare a fiscal crisis in the City due to the $10M deficit that was inherited from the previous administration. According to the Moody's report: “Since the declaration was announced, city management has reduced expenditures by $1.7 million, lowered headcount by 12% and labor and personnel costs from 83% of budget to 63% of budget. The city reduced overtime costs, which had been a significant driver of the city’s fiscal stress, despite the significant effect of Hurricane Sandy in October 2012. In addition, new management has brought budgeted revenues more in line with historical revenues resulting in balanced budgets.”
The City Council is expected to officially remove the fiscal crisis designation at a public meeting on in Long Beach City Hall.
About Long Beach
The City of Long Beach is one of only two cities on Long Island, and it currently has a population of about 35,000 people spread across two square miles of land surrounded by water. With the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Reynolds Channel on the other, Long Beach is a beautiful seaside community. In winter and summer, one can find strollers, joggers, and bicycle riders along the 2.2-mile oceanfront boardwalk. The adjacent beach is a 3.5-mile stretch of pure white sand, open to the public year round. For more information about Long Beach, please visit longbeachny.gov or contact the City’s public relations department at 516-431-1000 ext. 7216 or via email at email@example.com.