Dem ex-mayor had cross-party lift for $190G Garden City post

Reps. King and Israel helped push ex-Glen Cove Reps. King and Israel helped push ex-Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi's Garden City appointment. Photo Credit: James Escher

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Former Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, a registered Democrat, had some high- powered references when he was hired last month to be the $190,000-a-year village administrator for Republican-controlled Garden City.

Not only did Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) recommend Suozzi but so did a conservative Republican, Rep. Peter King of Seaford.

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“I am pleased to give former Glen Cove City Mayor Ralph Suozzi my strongest possible recommendation,” wrote King in a letter posted on the village website.

Saying that he had worked with Suozzi in the past, King wrote, “Mayor Suozzi was a strong and knowledgeable advocate and a man of his word. Perhaps most importantly in this time of hyper-partisanship, even though Ralph and I belong to different political parties, he always conducted business in a totally non-partisan manner.”

Israel wrote he was impressed with Suozzi’s “vision, innovative spirit and ability to bring people together.”

Suozzi could not be reached.

Click here to see the full text of the King and Israel letters.

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