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Grocery workers union backs Suozzi for county executive

Long Island’s largest grocery workers union is backing Thomas Suozzi for Nassau County Executive – the first endorsement from organized labor in the Democratic primary for the county’s highest seat.

Bruce Both, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500, said the union would work “tirelessly” to return Suozzi to the seat he held from 2001-2009.

“The void in leadership and common sense governing that has plagued Nassau County for the last four years must be filled and there is no better person to do that than Tom Suozzi,” Both said. “Tom brought enthusiasm and strong middle class values to the job when he was county executive and will once again prioritize the needs of those who live on Main Street over those of Wall Street.”

Suozzi lost his re-election bid in 2009 to the Republican Edward Mangano. Suozzi is being challenged by Roslyn businessman Adam Haber for the Democratic nomination. North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman is also exploring a run for county executive.

"I'm very grateful and appreciative for the support of Bruce Both and the UFCW," Suozzi said in a statement. "Together we will fight to provide good jobs and a bright future for middle class families across Nassau County."

The union, based in Westbury, represents grocery workers in Long Island, New York City, Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties.  

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