Haber pulls ad that stirred criticism but sticks to anti-Suozzi themes

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Adam Haber, Democratic primary candidate for county executive, announced that he's withdrawing an ad attacked by some in and out of the rival Tom Suozzi camp as ethnically offensive. But the announcement came embedded in the same anti-Suozzi message that the ad carried: That Republican incumbent Ed Mangano's predecessor was a political hack.

The declaration:

Great Neck, NY -- The Haber campaign is discontinuing the television advertisement detailing Suozzi's patronage raises, giving himself a 40% raise, hiking taxes $120 million and leaving the county with massive debt.

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"The intent was never to offend any group, but to draw attention to the troubling facts: Suozzi doled out millions in raises to himself and his appointees while raising taxes on middle class families and saddling Nassau with the highest debt in the state," said Adam Haber. "I apologize to anyone who has been offended. As a candidate and County Executive, I will always strive to listen to the concerns of all Nassau residents and I hope we can get back to the issues as quickly as possible."

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While the ad is being discontinued the facts of the television advertisement remain, Suozzi doled out $1.1 million in raises to his appointees and a 40% raise to himself while the county was on track for massive deficits. Suozzi still owes an explanation to Nassau residents as to why he used taxpayer funded chauffeurs while raising taxes on middle class families and saddling Nassau with the highest debt in the state.


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