Get-out-the-vote efforts for Nassau County executive were in full swing Sunday as incumbent Edward Mangano and challenger Thomas Suozzi made campaign stops at soccer matches, festivals and fairs.
Speaking to more than 100 people at a Republican brunch at the Italian National Club in Inwood, Mangano talked about his efforts to freeze taxes, foster small business and secure a future for the Nassau Coliseum without relying on public money.
He urged voters to spread his message.
"This teamwork to get the message out. Our grassroots efforts brought us to office in 2009, and your same efforts will ensure we continue running this great county," Mangano said.
Suozzi, a Democrat, spent his day much as Mangano did, attending private and public events.
At the Rock Hall Museum's annual Country Fair in Lawrence, he shook hands, recited the Boy Scout oath and talked to residents about their concerns, from much-needed home repairs after superstorm Sandy to the need for an overpass near Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream.
"I hope you vote for me Nov. 5," he told one North Woodmere woman still struggling after the storm. "I'm counting on you."
Next month's election is a rematch between Mangano and Suozzi, who served as county executive for eight years before being ousted by the former county legislator from Bethpage.
He lost by 386 votes.
The possibility of a slim margin is still a threat, Mangano said. He asked voters to make sure they get people to the polls.
"You'd be surprised how many households have four or five votes and only one or two people vote, and that can make the difference," Mangano said. "That can make the difference this year."
While Mangano spent time at the Oyster Festival in Oyster Bay, Suozzi also stopped by the final game of the New York Cosmos soccer season at Hofstra University.
And at a Latinos for Suozzi event in Freeport, he thanked the crowd in Spanish and English, then talked about expanding the tax base, smart development and creating affordable housing and job opportunities to keep younger people here.
"Our property taxes are too high and our young people are not moving back home," he said.
The future of Long Island, he said, was in the hand of voters.
"I need you," he said. "I need you to be builders of a great Nassau County. I need you to be the builders of a campaign that will win in November."
He compared supporters to stonemasons and said that brick by brick they would build something better.