Scott J. Mandel was raised in Oceanside, N.Y., and has been a resident of Long Beach for over 14 years. He and his wife, Karen, and their daughter, Ashley, live in the President Streets' area.
First elected to the City Council in 2011, he was re-elected to a four-year term in 2013, and re-elected to a second four-year time in November, 2017. Upon first taking office, his administration inherited an unprecedented fiscal crisis, a near-bankrupt municipal government with a $14.7 million dollar deficit and a record 5-level credit rating downgrade. Since then, Scott and his team have stabilized Long Beach and brought the City by the Sea not only back from the brink of bankruptcy, but to a thriving family oriented destination spot.
Serving as City Council President following Superstorm Sandy, Scott led the charge to rebuild a stronger, smarter, and safer Long Beach. This included the design and total reconstruction of the iconic boardwalk, replanting 2,700 new trees throughout the City, myriad post-Sandy infrastructure repairs (including upgrades to the water and sewer plants, and the rehabilitation of multiple streets), overhauling and revitalizing each of the City’s parks and playground facilities, and the addition of brand new basketball “Dream Courts,” a new skate park, and a new dog park.
During his tenure on the Council, there has also been an enhanced prohibition and enforcement against illegal housing, a major focus on traffic safety by reducing speed limits on Long Beach streets, the adoption of a “Complete Streets” model where roads are planned and designed to consider the safe, convenient access and mobility of roadway users of all ages and abilities, the strengthening of the City's social host law to prevent underage drinking, and the ratification of a shared services agreement with the Long Beach School District to find efficiencies that save taxpayer money. In addition, a City-wide Single Stream Recycling Program was enacted for easier recycling, a Council for the Arts was established to further encourage artistic and cultural events and awareness throughout the City, and grant funding in the unprecedented amount of over $4.3 million dollars has been secured by the City.
Scott is a graduate of Hofstra University and Hofstra Law School. He has served as the Judicial Law Clerk for the Criminal Assignment Part of the Superior Court in Hudson County, New Jersey, and presently serves as the Principal Law Clerk for a New York State Supreme Court Justice. Previously, for 14 years he was engaged in private practice as a commercial litigation attorney, as well as a volunteer for numerous positions in the legal community such as a Mediator in the Nassau County District Court, and as an Arbitrator for small claims cases in the Queens County Civil Court. Locally, Scott has also proudly served the Long Beach community as a volunteer member of the Long Beach Auxiliary Police Department, is a member of the Long Beach Lawyers Association, and is a member of the Long Beach Lions Club.