Mangano honored by Jewish group; Suozzi aids group fighting domestic violence

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, left, stands beside Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, left, stands beside Nassau County Executive candidate Thomas Suozzi during a news conference at the Nassau County Court in Mineola. (Oct. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who is running for re-election against Democrat Thomas Suozzi, was honored Sunday night by a Long Beach Jewish group for the county's work following superstorm Sandy.

Mangano, a Republican, was among more than a dozen civic leaders and community groups honored by the Bach Jewish Center at a ceremony at the Allegria Hotel in Long Beach, one of the communities hardest hit by Sandy.

"We'll never forget the emotional scars of Hurricane Sandy, but it really is comforting to see so many good people that were able to come together to get through this, our most challenging time," Mangano told the crowd of about 300.

Rabbi Eli Goodman of the Bach Jewish Center not only thanked Mangano, but also Long Beach city officials for their work following the storm. "Government support at all levels was critical," Goodman said.

Other honorees at the 6:30 p.m. ceremony included the Robin Hood Relief Fund, a Manhattan-based nonprofit that delivered aid to storm-stricken areas, and the UJA-Federation of New York, which donated some $10 million to Sandy relief projects, according to the group's website.

Meanwhile, Suozzi, who held the county executive post for two terms, spent Sunday rallying supporters at the Domestic Harmony Foundation's "Walk to End Domestic Violence" at Eisenhower Park, and at the Nassau Women's Democratic Caucus rally in Hempstead.

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"There are so many things that can be done to address the issue of domestic violence, whether it's legislation that can be passed in Albany, [or] whether it's a system that can be set up at the local level," Suozzi told a crowd of roughly 120 people gathered for the domestic violence walk.

Speaking at the Nassau Women's Democrats rally, Suozzi touted the string of endorsements he received over the past week, including at events headlined by former President Bill Clinton and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

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