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 in his statement pledged to restore fiscal stability, end “irresponsible borrowing and skyrocketing debt,” create jobs and reduce crime in Nassau.
The 50-year-old Suozzi will officially announce his candidacy at a noon press conference with Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs in Mineola.
On the Rockville Centre Patch Facebook page, residents sounded off on Suozzi's announcement.
Sean O Rourke's statement of "stay retired tom" drew several likes from the the RVC community, while Kim Weiss-Hoffman suggested, "He should run for Suffolk!!"
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.