Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 06 September 2013 00:00
Can a Roslynite be elected Nassau County Executive?
That’s a question that will be partly answered this Tuesday, Sept. 10 as Democratic Party voters choose between Roslyn resident Adam Haber and former Nassau County Executive
Thomas R. Suozzi to challenge the incumbent county executive, Edward P. Mangano, in the November election.
Throughout the election, both Haber and Suozzi have reiterated familiar themes: Jobs, taxes, spending and keeping young people on Long Island. In fact, both men, when they visited Anton Community Newspapers last winter, nearly used the same language to express their concern about young people and their future in Nassau County.
“I want my kids to be able to afford to stay here [on Long Island],” Haber told The Roslyn News.
Suozzi, meanwhile, said that his daughter’s enrollment in an out-of-state university influenced his decision to seek his old job. Like countless New Yorkers, he wondered if his offspring, once they finished their studies, would return to New York or instead, seek a more affordable standard of living elsewhere.
In 2009, Haber was elected to the Roslyn School Board. During the campaign, he has touted his time on the board as a major qualification for the county’s top job.
“As a member of the Roslyn School Board, I’ve seen first-hand that we can save money without sacrificing quality,” he said. “We can start by asking the districts within our county to work together and share things like buses and motorpools, combine back-office functions and purchase more things jointly to save money.”
Suozzi has campaigned on the need for a county executive to articulate a vision for Nassau County, one transcending partisan politics. He continued to promote his “cool downtowns” ideas, making such areas places where young people can live and socialize, while adding that any commercial development would not threaten the residential character of such villages as Roslyn, where historic preservation is always a key issue. Suozzi has used the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, current home of the Brooklyn Nets and
Long Island Islanders as an example of successful downtown revitalization.
Voting will take place on Sept. 10 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.