Haber, Suozzi encourage voting in primary

Left, Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive Thomas Left, Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, who will face Adam Haber, right, in the primary election. (Aug. 22, 2013, Aug. 23, 2013) Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp, Danielle Finkelstein

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The two Democrats vying to be Nassau County executive spent the day Sunday speaking at churches and jumping to community gatherings trying to lock in last-minute support before Tuesday's primary election.

Thomas Suozzi, a former county executive, and Adam Haber, a Roslyn school board member, are vying for a chance to run against Republican County Executive Edward Mangano in November.

"We're going to get you back in office," Glen Cove resident Carol Buchanan, 50, told Suozzi as he greeted voters at a charity car show in downtown Glen Cove.

"I need your help," Suozzi responded, urging Buchanan to vote Tuesday and in the Nov- ember general election.

Suozzi, who also served as Glen Cove mayor for eight years, stopped to take pictures with eager supporters, fist-bumped and shook hands with festivalgoers and spoke bits of Italian and Ukrainian, trying to appeal to voters who said they hailed from those countries.

"You gotta vote, you gotta show up, the primary is on Tuesday," Suozzi told Peter Musso, 36, a Glen Cove resident who walked up to Suozzi after recognizing him from TV ads.

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Suozzi spoke to congregants at four churches, including the Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral in Jamaica, Queens, that many Nassau residents attend. He encouraged congregants to vote, reminding them of his narrow 386-vote loss to Mangano during the 2010 election.

Haber started his morning attending services at the East Union Baptist Church in Hempstead, one of three churches he visited, and then called potential voters from a supporter's home in Elmont, before speaking to a gathering of the Country Club Civic Association in Hempstead.

Some 15 residents gathered along Dicks Lane in Hempstead, drank coffee and shared their concerns with Haber, ranging from blighted properties to school district leadership.

Steve Husbands, 48, president of the civic association, said he planned to vote for Haber because "he seems like someone with a good head on his shoulders."

Haber, an East Hills businessman, told the group that for their concerns to carry more weight with elected officials it was critical to get a high voter turnout in the "Nassau corridor" communities of Hempstead, Uniondale, Roosevelt and Freeport.

"If you get 20 percent turnout from the corridor, every politician from here on in will come here asking you how they can help you, as opposed to the other way around," Haber said. "The biggest thing you can do, whether you support me or not, is to vote on Tuesday, that is the start of getting noticed."

With Olivia Winslow

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