On July 6, Nassau County Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs announced that she has changed her gubernatorial endorsement - she previously supported Democrat Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi in his bid for governor, but now supports Democrat Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.
Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs announces her endorsement for Eliot Spitzer for governor outside of her Woodbury home.
"Eliot Spitzer has a strong agenda for Long Island and property taxes are his main concern," Jacobs said Thursday outside of her Woodbury home standing with Spitzer. "What he has done for Wall Street, he can do for New York State."
Spitzer, who has dubbed himself the mayor of Wall Street, has exposed a great deal of corruption during his tenure as attorney general. He said that his plans for Long Island focus on property taxes and the Medical Center.
"It is an honor to receive Judy's endorsement," said Spitzer at the press conference. "She is someone who we all admire. She is a citizen first, not a politician and she is involved in politics for a cause, not as a profession. She is very strong in her civic activism and I am honored to receive her endorsement."
Spitzer said that he was excited about working with Jacobs and Nassau County. "We can do better and I will continue to reform state government," he said. "This endorsement speaks to partnership. We are building a coalition. There should be no more bickering and more partisanship. I can't wait to work with Judy and the Nassau County government."
When asked why she changed her endorsement, Jacobs said she thought Suozzi would be more valuable in Nassau County. "I have seen Nassau County with Suozzi in-house and Suozzi on the road and we need him in-house," said Jacobs. "He should stay in Nassau County. We need teamwork and we would be strongest with Suozzi in Nassau County and Spitzer as governor. We would be unstoppable. This endorsement is nothing against Tom Suozzi - it is for Eliot Spitzer."
When asked for his reaction to Jacobs' endorsement, Suozzi said, "Eliot Spitzer has all the endorsements, all the lobbyist money and all the insiders lined up with him. All I have is my record of accomplishments reforming Nassau County and turning it around, and my detailed plans to lower property taxes, improve our troubled schools and create more jobs in our state. I will let them decide."
Jacobs said that her decision, which she said was a personal one, was not based on any negativism toward Suozzi, but her thought that Spitzer is "very qualified" to be governor. "I am endorsing him based on his record and his incredible credentials. He stands for what he believes in," she said.
Jacobs said her relationship with Suozzi should not be affected by her endorsement. "We're mature adults and I think things will be better between us," she said.
The primary is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 12.