MINEOLA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Democrats on Long Island will decide on their candidate for Nassau County Executive in next week’s Sept. 10 primary.
Thomas Suozzi, a former two-term county executive, said if he’s able to win his old job back his management style will be a little different.
“I would work much more on building relationships with local towns and local villages, town supervisors and village mayors,” Suozzi said.
His challenger for the Democratic nomination, Adam Haber, said he’s running to fix the county’s many problems.
“Social services is broken…The middle class is getting squeezed, there’s no affordable housing here at all,” the former Roslyn school board member and restaurant owner said.
Both agree that fixing the county’s finances is priority.
“Day one, I would make sure that the red light camera money that was taken away from Social Services goes back, gets put in a lock box so that money can never be taken away and then you throw away the key,” Haber said.
“First, we have to fix the finances and reduce the debt,” Suozzi said. “The second thing we need to do is lay out a long-term vision as to how to make this place great again. We need to make it a place that young people want to move to.”
The latest Siena College Poll shows Suozzi holding a 33-point lead over Haber.
In a potential general election rematch between County Executive Edward Mangano and Suozzi, the poll found 42 percent would vote for Suozzi and 41 percent would vote for Mangano. Suozzi lost his re-election bid in a close contest to Mangano four years ago.
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