Suozzi says he will take on the big fights to bring change to Congress like he did with “Fix Albany” and a successful battle to get a state property tax cap. Suozzi favors immigration reform, a path to citizenship for those who are undocumented and removal only of those involved in crime. He also favors fixing, rather than replacing, Obamacare and cuts to the corporate income tax rate. He backs universal background checks for those purchasing guns and supports abortion rights, though he favors efforts to keep them rare. He opposed the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the Iranian nuclear deal.
Suozzi, 54, a former two-term Nassau County executive, won a five-way primary June 28 to become the party’s nominee to succeed Democrat Rep. Steve Israel. Suozzi was elected county executive in 2001, becoming the first Democrat to hold the job in three decades. He served eight years and narrowly lost a third term in 2009 to Republican Edward Mangano. Suozzi lost a rematch with Mangano by a wider margin four years later. While county executive, Suozzi also lost a 2006 primary bid for governor against then-Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Suozzi, at age 31, won election in 1993 to become the youngest Glen Cove mayor ever, serving eight years. A first-generation American from an immigrant family, Suozzi graduated from Boston College and Fordham Law School. A lawyer and certified public accountant, Suozzi is of counsel to the law firm Harris Beach and lives in Glen Cove with his wife and three children.