NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — In this installment of WCBS Conversation, WCBS 880 anchor Steve Scott sits down with newly-elected U.S. Representative Tom Suozzi.
The former Nassau County Executive defeated Republican and former Mineola mayor Jack Martins for the 3rd Congressional seat on Long Island.READ MORE: Retired FDNY Firefighter Suffering From 9/11-Related Illness In Need Of Lifesaving Bone Marrow Transplant
Scott asked Suozzi whether he will be attending Trump’s inauguration Friday. Many of his Democratic colleagues have vowed to boycott the event.
“I’ll be attending. I don’t think this is about Tom Suozzi versus Donald Trump. This is about the United States president and the United States Congress,” he said. “And as President Obama said the other day, you know there’s certain institutions and traditions you don’t really want to mess with, and I think this is one of them.”READ MORE: Harlem Man Arrested After Allegedly Punching Woman, Striking 5-Year-Old Child
Suozzi said he didn’t vote for the president-elect and plans to watch his actions very closely and carefully.
He also talked about transitioning to life and work in the nation’s capital, saying the process has been “overwhelming.” He even has some new roommates.
“I’m going to be rooming with two other Congress members,” Suozzi said. “I’m going to be rooming with Jimmy Panetta, who is from California, he’s the son of Leon Panetta. And I’m going to be rooming with a guy from New Jersey — Josh Gottheimer. So the three of us, as a way to save money, are renting an apartment together.”MORE NEWS: New York Judge Suspends Father's Visitation Rights With Daughter Unless He Gets COVID Vaccine Or Subjects To Weekly Testing
Suozzi went on to stress why he wants to save the Affordable Care Act. He also discussed his upcoming role on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.