Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will host a fundraiser on Thursday for Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who is running for re-election against former two-term Democratic County Executive Thomas Suozzi.
Giuliani, a Republican who ran unsuccessfully in the 2008 presidential primary, will headline the 3 p.m. luncheon at Chris and Tony's restaurant in Syosset, according to a Mangano campaign email.
The luncheon will come a day after former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to host a fundraiser for Suozzi in Great Neck.
"I'm proud to earn the endorsement of America's Mayor -- Rudy Giuliani -- for my record of freezing property taxes, creating jobs . . . and leadership in emergency preparedness," Mangano said in a statement.
While Mangano has campaigned on not raising county property taxes, Suozzi says homeowners have seen their school property taxes increase because of the administration's property assessment policies.
A Newsday analysis found school tax rates increased an average of 6.8 percent this year and an average of 11.7 percent last year. Suozzi said the Mangano administration has approved 87 percent of tax assessment grievances, shifting the burden to homeowners who did not file grievances. Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin has countered that "school taxes are controlled by schools and not Nassau County."
Suozzi campaign spokesman Jeff Guillot said, "Even Rudy Giuliani can't make up for the fact that Ed Mangano raised taxes on Nassau families . . . and his mismanagement has plunged us into record debt."
The fundraisers this week come as Mangano and Suozzi try to shore up support in the two weeks leading up to the Nov. 5 election. The most recent state campaign finance reports show that as of Oct. 4, Mangano had about $1.15 million in campaign funds on hand, and Suozzi had $989,000.