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Democrats Back Suozzi for County Executive

Backing sets up potential political rematch between Suozzi and Mangano.

Tom Suozzi is back. That was the rallying cry issued by Nassau Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs on the steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court building Wednesday, signaling the party's backing of the former county executive in his bid to reclaim the seat he lost to Ed Mangano in 2009.

Jacobs said for months he had encouraged Suozzi, who served as county executive from 2002-2010, to seek the rematch already dubbed the "Thrilla in Mineola" by the Democratic leader.

"... I felt the need was so great to have someone who could take on Ed Mangano and win," Jacobs said.

Jacobs said that voters in 2009 may have had the impression that Suozzi "took them for granted." However, according to the chairman, Suozzi has learned from his 2009 defeat and will not make the same mistakes again.

"[Suozzi] did his job governmentally, he dropped the ball politically, and I think he's learned from that," Jacobs said. "It's a humbling experience to be defeated. ... But we're paying for that and I think, unfortunately, the county of Nassau is paying for it, too."

Suozzi, 50, is not the first Democrat to announce his candidacy for the county executive seat. Roslyn School Board member Adam Haber announced in January that he was "all in" against Mangano.

Jacobs' backing comes the same week when rumors began to swirl about North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman's potential run at the county executive position. While Kaiman has not officially declared his candidacy, Jacobs said he will "work to unite" the Democratic Party.

"I will be talking to [Haber] in the next couple of weeks," Jacobs said. "... If there's a primary to be had, then there's a primary that will be waged, and we will do everything that we can to win that primary."
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 09:30 PM
You are missing the bigger picture. Nassau County taxes are less than 19% of your tax bill. Fraud, waste and mismangement however as outlined in the audit by the Nassau County Controller in November 2012 accounted for The comptroller's audit found that Lassandro’s “significant mismanagement” of the County’s Section 8 Voucher Program “culminated in overspending in this area above the associated revenue received and resulted in a shortfall of $6.2 million. This grant fund shortfall was charged to the County’s General Fund in 2011. “ The unauthorized payments included $24,530 to Lassandro herself, with no supporting paperwork WHY HAS THERE BEEN NO ARREST? DOESN'T ANYONE CARE? http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/documents/AuditofHousingandCommunityDevelopment_11_15_12.pdf http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/ex-nassau-housing-official-admits-theft-1.4222430
Kevin February 17, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Let me say one thing. I do not trust any politician. They are all a bunch of phonies who do not give a damm about any of us. We all will get screwed no matter who gets elected.
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 10:42 PM
Maybe if voters like yourself Kevin would hold our politicians accountable stuff like this wouldn't happen. It is time to ask Mangano and HUD what they are doing about this fraud. Since talking to HUD is difficult; Mangano who allowed this to happen under his watch is the one who needs to be asked. Think about a 6.2 million short fall in Nassau County's fund in 2011. And hundreds of thousands of dollars that have not been accounted for. Wouldn't we all like that?
johnguthrieyates March 04, 2013 at 10:02 AM
January 25, 2013 - Story by - John Guthrie Yates /cub reporter, on loan from “The Rosary Rag” , Roosevelt NY Well I did it again. I told myself don’t do it, don’t do it. You’ll probably just get yourself upset again. The guy next to me started stepping away. Hey, I don’t care if I talk to myself, I do it all the time. A lot of people do it. I just gave him my best De Niro “ you lookin’ at me ?” I bought the paper, went home and sure enough, there it was, page A6. Newsday, Sunday January 6th … “Who’ll challenge Mangano?” … First thing that came to mind was … well it wasn’t the first thing, The first thing was actually … “Who really cares ?” . It’s cold, it’s 20 degrees outside. We’re all still getting over the holidays and figuring how to pay for all that stuff. This ? No ! This would be something like “the last thing on my mind”. It’s still January. And then it hit me … “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. “I don’t know … You tell me … But aren’t the first 3 clowns directly or very very close to quite a few of the serious problems we’re faced with lately ? Does Nassau really need its own really bad version of “The Three Tenures” ? My wife told me to stop it, “you’re talking to yourself again”. Well I told her … I’m not finished yet. Aren’t the first three somehow responsible in part or in whole for most of the Nassau’s current problems ? Wish Suozzi had painted a more accurate picture as to just how he came up with all those balanced budgets. Looks like we started to find that out in 2010. 8 Years to fix what he “inherited” … all he did was “Kick the Can”. That’s a kid’s game not a business plan. The next clown, Sandy and LIPA … I rest my case. Denenberg, his political career should have gone “Hindenburg” years ago. His “Oversight” … ? Nothing more than a really bad example of “Hindsight”. The other two … Who are they … ? How could he be smiling, he obviously doesn’t understand what he’d be getting into. The guy, I don’t know … doesn’t he seem just a little scary ….
Hamburger March 04, 2013 at 11:51 AM
The Three "Tenors"

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