Long Beach Republicans announced Tuesday that City Councilwoman Anissa Moore, a Democrat who is seeking re-election this year, would run on the GOP line as part of a coalition ticket in the November election.
Moore, who was first elected to a four-year term in 2015 — the first African-American elected to the council — is running alongside Long Beach resident Mike Delury, a Democrat and the treasurer of the Village of East Williston, and Republican newcomer Lauren Doddato-Goldman, a West End resident and a former Nassau County assistant district attorney who is currently the principal law clerk for Nassau County Court Judge Terence P. Murphy.
Nassau County Republicans also nominated the Long Beach GOP slate at the party’s convention at Levittown Hall in Hicksville on Tuesday, as well as County Legislator Denise Ford, a registered Democrat from Long Beach first elected in 2003, who is again running on the Republican line.
In a news release, the City Council candidates said they are running on a platform of reform and pledged “to hold the line on taxes, restore fiscal responsibility, transparency, accountability and civility to Long Beach City Hall.”
“We believe that the best way for government to work in the City of Long Beach is by having members of the two political parties working together for a common goal,” they said in a joint statement. “That goal should be to put partisan and machine politics aside and work for the residents of the city, to solve the many serious issues that face the city and move Long Beach forward.”
Delury said he has more than 15 years of experience managing the operations and finances of successful municipalities in New York. As a former assistant district attorney, Doddato-Goldman prosecuted homicides and other serious crimes, and said she would bring 15 years of criminal justice experience to City Hall, as well as her experience researching and analyzing complex legal issues.
Moore, a communications professor at Nassau Community College, chairs NCC’s Academic Senate and is the executive director of the Long Beach STEAM Academy, an after-school program for middle school students.
Nassau County and Long Beach Democrats have yet to officially announce their slate of candidates for three seats up for election this year held by Moore, Council President Anthony Eramo and Vice President Chumi Diamond. On Tuesday, Long Beach residents Liz Treston, Karen McInnis and ron Paganini announced they would challenge Eramo and Diamond in a Democratic primary.
Moore — who has described herself as an “outsider” on the council and has been at odds with other Democrats — confirmed Wednesday that she would run on the Republican line.
“I have accepted to be on their ticket,” Moore said. “I’m an incumbent and feel that I’ve effectively served all of the residents of Long Beach, and it was really my goal to make sure that I was on the ballot for November. Right now, the Democratic party is very, very divided and fractured.”
However, Moore said that she was still in talks with the Democratic party leaders and would consider running on other party lines.
In Moore’s first council bid in 2015, she ran on a platform of change, accountability and greater representation for all residents, and received the most votes of any candidate. At the time, she had the backing of Nassau County Democratic Committee Chairman Jay Jacobs.
Moore again called for greater accountability, transparency and budget reform.
“I feel very strongly about this ticket,” she said. “We have a team that has a unique skill set and demonstrates that we are truly qualified to lead this city. Everyone is sending the same message . . . that things need to change. We need to restores residents’ trust in local government.”