New Haber campaign ad has him hooked up to lie detector

Adam Haber, Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive,

Adam Haber, Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive, chats with supporters after a candidates forum in Lakeview. (Aug. 30, 2013) (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein )

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With the Democratic primary for Nassau County executive in its final days, candidate Adam Haber has released a TV ad in which he promises to end pay-to-play politics, cut patronage and eliminate waste -- all while attached to a lie detector.

In the 30-second ad, Haber also takes a shot at Thomas Suozzi, his opponent in the Sept. 10 primary, criticizing him for raising his salary by $65,000 while serving as county executive in 2007.

"Unlike Tom Suozzi, I won't raise my salary, I'll cut it," Haber, 48, says in the ad while his left arm is attached to a polygraph machine. "If I thought Tom Suozzi could get the job done, I wouldn't be running. And that's the truth."

Suozzi, 51, who served as county executive from 2001 to 2009, declined to comment.

His campaign previously noted that a legislative task force recommended the increase because Suozzi was paid less than Suffolk's county executive.

Haber's latest ad -- his fourth of the campaign -- was released Thursday and will run on a host of channels, said campaign spokesman Galen Alexander. He declined to give the ad's cost, other than to say it was six figures.

In the ad, Haber, a retired Wall Street trader and Roslyn school board member who is largely self-financing his campaign, answers questions from the polygraph administrator with the device seemingly indicating he's telling the truth. Haber then repeats a litany of campaign promises, including fixing Nassau's tax assessment system.

Alexander declined to comment on whether Haber actually took the lie detector test or if it was a dramatization.The winner of the primary will take on Republican County Executive Edward Mangano in November.

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