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Support Builds for Tom Suozzi County Executive Run

Website, Facebook page list grievances against Mangano's administration.

Despite a groundswell of support for a Tom Suozzi run for County Executive, Suozzi is remaining mum on whether he can be swayed to challenge Ed Mangano in the upcoming election.

A website and Facebook page were created to advocate changing his mind. LetsConvinceTomSuozzi.com has been around less than two weeks and has been visited by 16,135 people as of Friday morning. The Facebook page has 182 friends and more than 800 likes.

A video on the website has ominous music over images of Mangano as charges of his administration's failures are listed. The music turns to a triumphant Superman-esque track laid over brighter photos of Suozzi as text urges support for his candidacy.

Patch reached Suozzi at his law office in Uniondale but he declined to comment on his political future. That isn't stopping supporters from hoping that he'll return to public service.

"We believe that he's somebody that really cares about the County and is the right person for the job," said Lauren Summa, president of the Nassau County Young Democrats and the creator of the pages.

Summa said her organization believes the County has hit an "all-time low" under Mangano's leadership. 

"There's been a lot of mismanagement. Taxes have risen, the bond rating plummeted, the Islanders left," she said. 

The situation is similar to when Suozzi took over as County Executive in 2002 after years of Republican leadership, Summa said. 

"He brought in real professionals to fix wasteful contracts, he reduced borrowing and balanced budgets. Under him the bond rating was upgraded 11 times when the County had been near bankruptcy. Under the current leadership all that work that he had done is gone," Summa said.

Mangano eeked past Suozzi by 386 votes in the 2009 election, ending the former Glen Cove mayor's two-term tenure as head of Nassau government.

She said her camp is aware that Suozzi, 50, is doing well in the private sector working as an attorney, but maintained that the County is in dire need of his leadership. She said young people are opting to move away, although many would like to stay and raise their families where they grew up. She believes Suozzi has the know-how to make that viable.

"He can do this because he's done it," said Summa.

Anne Famigliette chairs the Glen Cove Democratic Committee. She said she's been contacted by dozens of people over the past two weeks who want to what they can do to get Suozzi to run.

Famigliette said her two decades of political involvement have shown her that such enthusiastic support can have an influence in making a candidate of a someone on the fence. 

While Famigliette said she hasn't approached Suozzi yet, she said she knows he enjoys making a difference and has an innate ability for it.

"He has a knack for being able to put people in a room and get the job done," she said. "He had a vision for the Hub before anyone else did, but that was stopped by the Republicans in Hempstead. If that had gone through the Islanders would still be here."

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Eileen Coles January 25, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Suozzi has to want the job. I'd vote for him if he ran. Otherwise I guess Haber. ANYONE but Mangano, we need to seriously see the last of his corruption and greed. Screwed up the sewers, the buses, the budget, the trees in the preserve... everything he touches. I will have such a party the day we get Mangano gone!
Hollingsworth January 26, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I agree with Eileen. Anyone but Mangano. But Suozzi doesn't want to run and Legislator Dave Denenberg does want to run. And no one knows more about the county than Dave and he's smart and knows how to get the job done. Haber is just as clueless as Mangano in how the county works. Money can't buy yourself into a the highest job of the land. You need to earn it. If Tom Suozzi doesn't want to do it, I'm hoping Dave Denenberg puts his hat in the ring. He has been serving this county for 13 years. He has the experience. And his record makes him independent, not his money.
Doug January 28, 2013 at 06:59 PM
Leave Suozzi where he is. People forget how much he damaged the county. He straddled the county with a very large structural debt. The only reason he had balanced budgets is because he borrwed the money and made a few one time sales of county assets. He appointed plenty of incompetent political contributors. He ignored the county while he ran for govenor. What I find ironic is that when Mangano tried to use some of Suozzi's tactics (e.g, borrow to balance the budget) he was attacked by the people who supported the very same behavior from Suozzi. I say Suozzi had his time in office and in the end was showed himeself to be more of a self serving politician and less of a steward for Nassau. The only thing we will accomplish re-electing Suozzi will be a political blood bath of revenge for all those who supported Mangano. In the end that will be more damaging to the county.
ed January 29, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Bring back the Home Heating Tax and eliminate all PATRONAGE JOBS in Nassau would result in a huge surplus! Mangano drank the GOP Grover Norquist Kool Aid. He has to go!
Nassau County Concerned Resident February 17, 2013 at 09:31 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

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