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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."
sadeto February 14, 2013 at 06:04 PM
I'm not going to argue with that. My point is, her statement that NIFA came in after he left, implying that it was his fiscal irresponsibility that led them to step in, is simply not true at all. Face it: raising taxes to make up for revenue shortages is a fiscally responsible thing to do. Cutting taxes in the face of deficits is fiscally irresponsible and rightly hurts an entity's credit rating. Suozzi didn't just raise taxes. He also reduced the county work force. He also took on union contracts. He didn't get everything done he wanted to, and he blatantly put his aspirations for higher office above the immediate needs of the county at the outset of an economic emergency. True. I am no Suozzi fan. But Mangano is a failure as executive, completely irresponsible and rightly called out for it by NIFA. Reigning in our taxes is not going to happen overnight. Too many obligations, protected under state law, too many entrenched interests. But at least Suozzi, not a perfect or even great leader by any means, gave it a go in some areas. Mangano hasn't done a damn, sensible thing.
Phillip Moore February 14, 2013 at 06:50 PM
sadeto If you like at NIFA they will even admit some of the things they let Souzzi get away with in his budgeting and bonding practices they are not letting Mangano do. So you need to have a fair playing field in comparing the two of them. Reigning in our taxes will NEVER happen. The county execuvtive does not have that kind of authority. The only way to deal with contracts is what Cuomo proposed in limiting arbitration awards. Otherwise the police costs will continue to escalate to a point where we cant afford it. So just raise county property taxes another 20-30% and throw on top of that a regressive energy tax and all looks good. But here is a tax we probably all could live with - tax all political contributions. Going to a dinner for Suozi or Mangano - pay a 15% tax on top of the price of the ticket. Making a contribution - another 15% tax on top of that.
Jeri Reiderer February 14, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Suozzi again? NO WAY! Dave Denenberg is a much better choice. We should decide, not the unions or the Dems or Republicans.
Grifhunter February 14, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Actually dude, that tax on contributions ain't a bad idea. I hope Suozzi runs. Nothing funier than a three time loser.
sadeto February 14, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I didn't want to say "never" but you can and I won't disagree. Suozzi will probably win because people will recognize his name, and his name isn't "Mangano".
Mark reyes February 14, 2013 at 09:07 PM
The last thing the Republicans wanted to see was Suozzi again. He lost cause he ignored the race last time. If he puts his heart and soul into it this time with his charisma and his ability to campaign, he won't be beaten.
Beachguy February 14, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Time for a viable third party.
Tideline February 14, 2013 at 09:49 PM
Anyone other than Suozzi and Mangano. Change is good.
johnguthrieyates February 14, 2013 at 10:06 PM
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"
George Mulligan February 14, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Blaming Gulotta for today's mess in Nassau County is like blaming Bill Clinton for today's mess in the good old USA. It should not take over twelve years to correct the problems. You have to say neither Souzzi nor Mangano solved them. And now we have to decide which one of them should lead us in the next four years. UGH! Hopefully an independent outsider will step forward and run for election to give us a better choice.
Frank T February 15, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Not true Gullotta rubber stamped every single union contract. Now we are stuck with unsustainable pensions. This cannot be fixed in the short term or over a period of years. Mangano has no vision for the County and is a puppet of Mondello.
Moe February 15, 2013 at 05:06 AM
He spent 60 million to renovate to Suozileum (The County Exec building) putting flat screen TVs in every office. He also spent millions of dollars on a time keeping system for the county that only one agency now uses, because it doesn't work. Can't wait to see what he can come up with to piss away more money if he gets reelected
CO February 15, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Someone told me "That" nightmare was over and "This" one was to be soon.... Can anyone help?? Any intelligent life here on earth?
Ms. A.J February 16, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Welcome Back Tom Suozzi! It was great to see you and hear you in the news this past week. Your enthusiasm, charisma and knowledge is needed at this time in Nassau. Everyone can learn from past mistakes..Your current knowledge is what counts. Good Luck to you and your family as you pursue this endeavor once again.
Just a Resident February 16, 2013 at 08:27 AM
How arrogant is that man? And doesn't that just point to what a dearth of talent and integrity there is out there?
Beachguy February 16, 2013 at 12:45 PM
It's called politics. And the idiots might vote him in again.
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 01:55 AM
Registered voters need to review the following attached audit and ask both Mangano and Suozzi as the corruption and fraud took place under both of their administrations. http://www.nassaucountyny.gov/agencies/Comptroller/documents/AuditofHousingandCommunityDevelopment_11_15_12.pdf
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 02:09 AM
http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/ex-nassau-housing-official-admits-theft-1.4222430
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 02:19 AM
2 bank accounts were utilized by the Former Director Constance Lassandro and Former Fiscal Manager to administer Housing Assistance to two communities in Nassau County. Housing grant money was wired to these accounts and OHHS hired ADP to prepare Section 8 voucher payment checks. However, employee reimbursement and other irregular payments were Disbursements totaling $1.3 million for both Housing Authorities were made through the two bank accounts established with Chase for the period 2009-2011. OHHS utilized two separate ADP accounts for check processing. Due to the ongoing HUD investigation, the Department has been unable to provide any documentation to support disbursements from the Chase Bank accounts. For both Village Housing Authorities, certain transactions in the Chase checking and the ADP disbursements indicate that payments may have been made to ineligible individuals.
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Also, payments were made from these accounts, circumventing the County’s normal purchasing, claims approval, contract, & hiring process. Since the documentation is with the HUD Inspector General’s Office, the current OHCD personnel were not able to provide the documentation to support these payments. We have examined these ADP runs & determined that some payments appear to be irregular, needing further investigation of the supporting documents once released by HUD. The payments were as follows: Payments of $29,246 for professional services, including accounting, legal and information technology services, which should have followed the County’s procurement and contract approval process; Payments of $55,457 for employees’ expense reimbursements, which should have been disbursed through the Comptroller’s Office’s Claims review process. IRS Form 1099’s were generated for employees’ expense reimbursement; Payments of $8,909 for food and entertainment for which the business purposes are not known, but included a party tent rental company;
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Payments of $7,466 to a relative of an OHHS employee for a summer internship, which should have been processed by the Nassau County Human Resources and paid through the County payroll system;  Payments of $3,780 to a relative of a consultant to OHHS for which the business purpose is not known;  Payments of $28,370 for donations which may have been prohibited by Federal Circular. Of these donations, $16,375 were to non-profit organizations which had ties to the former Director;  Payments of $920,033 for Village Section 8 vouchers.  Payments of $22,070 for subscriptions and training;  Payments of $12,675 for office supplies and shredding; and
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 02:22 AM
 Payments of $98,656 for other expenses for which the business purposes are not known. We also scanned records from 2006 to 2008 to determine if there were additional irregular payments and found:  The former Director was paid a total of $24,530.58 from these two accounts for which there is no support;  Payments of $16,148 to a Caterer, for which a business purpose is not known;  Payments of $2,440 to a party transportation company located on the North Fork of Long Island, for which a business purpose is not known;  Payments of $1,541 to a limousine company, for which a business purpose is not known; and  Payments of $10,000 to a housing organization that the auditors were unable to locate and verify, the website domain is no longer assigned to the organization and the phone number has been disconnected. Further investigation revealed that this organization’s exempt status was automatically revoked by the IRS for failure to file a Form 990 Information return for three consecutive years.
Sid February 17, 2013 at 07:30 PM
AS A DEMOCRAT I AM DISGUSTED! what a joke, suozzi is not getting my vote!
Sid February 17, 2013 at 07:32 PM
BRILLIANT! totally agree!
Sid February 17, 2013 at 07:37 PM
yea that county exec. building i believe exceeded 100m. suozzi backroom deals drove that renovation over budget. i do believe nobody reported the electrician deal that went sour on that building too. story goes that suozzi backroom deal spent 600k and the contractor walked.
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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