Democrat Howard Weitzman is set to announce Monday that he’s seeking a rematch against Republican Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, who unseated him from the post in a razor-close 2009 race.
For Weitzman, a political comeback would cap his personal comeback from the rare blood disorder amyloidosis, which sharply curbed his activities last time out. “My medical condition is great. My doctors are actually encouraging me to run,” he said. “Unlike four years ago, I won’t be limited in my campaigning.”
Weitzman, 67, prepared an e-mail blast to announce his run, citing Nassau’s fiscal straits. He said he expects no repeat of “the horrible Democratic turnout” four years ago when Nassau Republicans also won the county executive’s office and a legislative majority. Maragos, who sought but failed to win a U.S. Senate nomination in 2010 and 2011, now seeks reelection.
A CPA and onetime mayor of Great Neck Estates, Weitzman served two terms as comptroller while Democrat Thomas Suozzi was county executive. Suozzi denies he's running for his old job but many disbelieve him. More than a few Democrats and some Republicans have talked for months with confidence about a scenario where Suozzi will purportedly be "persuaded" to run by "other" party members.
As for Weitzman, he calls it "heartbreaking" that his former office under Maragos has become a validator of Mangano's allegedly failed fiscal policies, at a time when property tax assessments continued to be a mess and county bonds were downgraded. He said he's eager to compare his record on auditing and fiscal reviews to that of Maragos. More to come later Monday.