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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
This year, all politics is local
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John C. O'Connell/Herald
Tom Suozzi, left, and Ed Mangano, now battling for who will be the next county executive, were all smiles last Oct. 16 at the Presidential Debate at Hofstra University.

“It was very close and I guess that’s why the Democrats thought it would be a good idea to try it again,” Klein said of the last election, which was decided by fewer than 400 votes. “I think [Suozzi] was absolutely shocked. I think the Republicans were also very surprised that [Mangano] won.”

In 2009, most observers picked Suozzi to easily win a third term. This year’s outcome, Klein says, is very difficult to predict. “It’s likely to be a very close election,” he said, “or it could be a runaway either way.”

Other county races

County executive is not the only race that will feature familiar foes. Four years ago, Howard Weitzman lost his job as county comptroller to George Maragos. Like Suozzi, Weitzman is looking to get his old job back.

In another race separated by only a few hundred votes, Maragos, a Republican from Russell Gardens, defeated Weitzman, a Democrat from Great Neck. Weitzman was the comptroller for eight years.

District Attorney Kathleen Rice is seeking her third term as Nassau’s top prosecutor. She is the only Democrat currently holding a county-wide office and is being challenged by Republican Howard Sturim.

County Clerk Maureen O’Connell is also up for re-election. The Republican is being challenged by Democrat Laura Gillen.

Republicans, who hold a 10-9 lead in the county Legislature, are looking to retain power there, as well. This year, the Legislative district maps have been redrawn, meaning many voters will see a different incumbent on the ballot.

The new districts, which were created by the Legislature’s majority and approved in a 10-9 vote along party lines, will take effect on Jan. 1. The map was criticized by Democrats and independent voter rights organizations for carving up communities, including splitting up the Five Towns into four districts. Republicans have countered that the plan meets all constitutional requirements of one person, one vote, and created a third minority district.

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ericmaven

As the race heats up for County Executive, and the political ads play on TV, one must be immediately struck by the hypocrisy of Mr. Suozzi's ads in which he blatantly states that he balanced the budget and did not raise taxes. Surely Mr. Suozzi, you don't expect us to swallow either of these 'facts' without a strong chaser! When our county taxes went up by 23%, were we hallucinating, or did the money really disappear from our bank accounts? If Ed Mangano had not taken the job away from you, we were to be saddled with another 16% increase, or was that also imagined? And as for the balanced budget, did you not leave the county $160,000,000 in the red with the political patronage jobs, the fiscal loans, and of course your $65,000 pay increase? Please Tom, tell me where the lie is! I'm backing Ed Mangano for another term- he's earned it!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 | Report this
RonnieG

Mr. Suozzi, sometimes you have to know when to walk away graciously.....this is the time. Is there nothing about term limits, or the ability to "re-run" for office on the county level. Please don't get like the Clintons. We can't get rid of them! Are you that much of an egotist that you just can't stand the thought of yourself being voted out? Our fiscal condition is bad enough, let's not make it worse by adding you back into the mix. Please leave quietly, gentlemanly and with dignity. Sometimes, you actually improve your image by doing so.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 | Report this
feegss

Anyone who votes 4 Suozzi is a fool-hi tax Tom baby-m/be you can get that cushy no-show job back at Cablevision ofr go back to the law firm and taqke waiters' and busboys hard earned tips at catering halls. Or m/be try running 4 Governor-we can't do any worse than the wanna be President Andrew Cuomo who is another used car salesman.

Friday, September 27, 2013 | Report this
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