The campaign for County executive is heating up.
On Tuesday, Patch learned that the executive committee of the North Hempstead Democratic Party is giving its “enthusiastic and unanimous endorsement” to Tom Suozzi.
Suozzi, the former county executive, and Adam Haber, a Roslyn school board member, are the two Democrats currently vying to unseat Republican County Executive Edward Mangano.
News of the endorsement comes just as Jon Kaiman, North Hempstead Town Supervisor, announced he is not running for county executive.
A statement from the North Hempstead Democratic Committee read: “Tom is a proven leader with an outstanding track-record who will get our county government moving in the right direction again.”
The statement continued: “Tom has long been a popular figure in the Town of North Hempstead among voters of all parties. With Tom’s proven vote-getting abilities at the top of our ticket, we will be working hard this year for Democratic victories both in Nassau County and the Town of North Hempstead.”
"I'm proud to have received the unanimous support from the Democratic Party,” Suozzi said. “It's indicative of how much the people of Nassau are looking for a leader with the vision and experience to bail our finances out of the crisis that Ed Mangano has created over the last three years."
The Haber team responded.
"Adam is taking his message directly to the voters, and whether it is at civic association meetings, meet-and-greets or knocking doors, voters have made it clear they are ready for a change from the status quo," Justin Myers, Haber’s campaign manger, said.
He added: "We need a fresh start in Nassau County and Adam has the skills and vision to make county government work for middle class families again."