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Bellmore-Merrick Reacts to Suozzi County Executive Run

(Credit: Tom Suozzi)
(Credit: Tom Suozzi)
Editor's Note: This article was written by Andrew Coen.

Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi wants his old job back.

Suozzi, who served as Nassau County Executive from 2002-2010, announced Wednesday morning on his new campaign website that he will once again run for Nassau’s top post. Suozzi ran for a third term in 2009 but lost a close election to current Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano. The former mayor of Glen Cove also ran for New York Governor in 2006 but lost a Democratic primary to Eliot Spitzer.

Suozzi, 50, in his statement pledged to restore fiscal stability, end “irresponsible borrowing and skyrocketing debt,” create jobs and reduce crime in Nassau.

Suozzi will officially announce his candidacy at a noon press conference with Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs in Mineola.

Suozzi also released a video on his website that discusses his plan to make Nassau County an “ideal suburb.”

Suozzi will face off in a Democratic primary this September for the right to face Mangano this November, most likely against Democrat Adam Haber, a Roslyn school board member. North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman has also established a campaign committee to explore a run for Nassau County executive.

Nassau County Legis. Dave Denenberg, D-Merrick, has said he would run for county executive if Suozzi did not.

Residents were asked on Bellmore Patch and Merrick Patch's Facebook pages what their thoughts were on Suozzi's decision.

"Anybody has to be better than Mangano," Eileen Mikowski said.

"Competition is always good," Marcella Tompkins added. "May the best candidate win."

What are your thoughts on Suozzi's decision to run? Tell us in the comments section below.
johnguthrieyates February 14, 2013 at 11:05 AM
He's just what Nassau doesn't need. Ok, Gullotta put us in this mess but it's 2013. Every major issue plaguing the current administration can be linked back to Souzzi's. So, what did he really do for the the County? Instead of having a more accurate picture of Washington's crossing, what someone should have done is get a more accurate picture of just how he "balanced the budget". I believe issues at the jail in 2009, really big issues over at DPW with Cedar Creek and Bay Park sewage plants in 2010, 2011, 2012 ... and the pool at Eisenhower Park ... they're perfect examples of how he actually "balanced the budget". We simply do not need our own singing ... "Three Tenures"

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