Nassau County Legislator Michael Zapson and Glen Cove Mayor Thomas Suozzi, a Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive.
As Nassau County Democrats prepare to head to the polls on primary day, Sept. 11, Nassau County Legislator Michael Zapson, (D., 4 LD), who previously supported State Assemblyman Thomas DiNapoli in the race for county executive, said he will now lend his support to Glen Cove Mayor Thomas Suozzi. He announced his switch during a news conference on Aug. 14 in Mineola.
Zapson represents the Long Beach/South Baldwin/Oceanside/Atlantic Beach area. During the press event he said he has watched the campaign in the past few months and now firmly believes that Suozzi is the candidate who can "trounce the Republican machine" and get the job done. Zapson joins fellow Democratic County Legislators Brian Muellers, (18 LD); Jeff Toback, (7 LD); Dave Dennenberg, (19 LD) and Roger Corbin, (2 LD) in supporting Suozzi's candidacy for County Executive.
"For the past few months, as Tom Suozzi has campaigned throughout Nassau County it is more and more evident that his message is resonating with voters. People in Nassau County have seen what he has done as mayor of Glen Cove. Suozzi will win the general election in November and go on, as Nassau County Executive, to solve the problems of the county government," said Legislator Zapson.
Commenting on Zapson's switch, Darren Bloch, DiNapoli's campaign manager said, "The people Democrats turn to and respect in Long Beach are leaders like Harvey Weisenberg, Bruce Nyman and Council Board President Joel Crystal. Tom DiNapoli is proud to have their full and enthusiastic support."
The first of three League of Women Voters sponsored debates between Suozzi and DiNapoli occurred live, on radio, last week with two others planned - on Aug. 20 at the Hewlett-Woodmere Library and on Sept. 5 at the Lutheran Church in Manhasset. A televised debate on Channel 12 between the two Democrats is in the planning stages.