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Thomas Suozzi won't challenge successor Mangano

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, right, speaks with

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, right, speaks with former County Executive Thomas Suozzi in Mineola. (Dec. 2, 2009) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Scratch former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi from the list of possible Democratic candidates to oppose Edward Mangano, his Republican successor, in next year's election.

"I'm not running," Suozzi said Friday.

Despite indications all along from his friends that the two-term executive likes his life in the private sector, activists on both sides of the county partisan divide have been speculating for months on the pros, cons and angles of a comeback attempt for Suozzi, a lawyer and consultant.

As of mid-July, Suozzi, 50, was still sitting on a campaign account with $1,159,291, with reported expenses that included thousands of dollars in charitable contributions and smaller payments for cellphone and transportation costs.

Mangano's committee reported more than $1 million in contributions in the first six months of this year, with $2,050,610 cash on hand.

HOME RULES: New York's constitution requires that, to qualify for the State Legislature, a candidate must reside in the state for five years "immediately preceding his or her election." Five years ago, in November 2007, GOP Assembly candidate Richard Stiek voted in New Jersey, where he'd lived. But also that year, records show Stiek associated with his current residence in Port Washington, where he lives with his wife and from which he's voted since 2008.

When Newsday inquired last week -- given the state's mountain of residency quarrels in past races -- Stiek explained that he moved to the address in the latter part of 2007, thus meeting the requirement. Stiek is challenging Democratic Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck) in the 16th District on Nov. 6, emphasizing tax and economic issues. She has not challenged his eligibility.

REGULAR, YET SPECIAL: While the special election for Nassau legislator to succeed the late Peter Schmitt in the 12th District will be held Nov. 6, along with the regular election, it won't be regular in all ways. For one thing, the Democrats are backing a Republican lawyer, Joanne Maglione, who has said she'd decide an issue at a time which major party she'd caucus with. Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs talks her up as a true "soccer mom" and a "great candidate." Also a bit unusual was the dissension audible in some civic circles when Gary Slavin, a Massapequa businessman and activist who expressed interest in the GOP nomination, was passed by in favor of Michael Venditto, an attorney and the son of Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto.


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