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Bill Clinton to headline Suozzi fundraiser

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Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. (Sept. 24, 2013) Credit: AP

Former President Bill Clinton will headline a fundraiser next week in Great Neck for Democratic Nassau County executive candidate Thomas Suozzi, who is challenging Republican County Executive Edward Mangano in November.

Nassau Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs said Clinton will endorse Suozzi at an Oct. 23 fundraiser at Leonard's of Great Neck.

"I am so grateful and honored that President Clinton is coming to Nassau to help demonstrate that I have a vision for the future of Nassau and that we must stop the current administration's reckless borrowing, tea party extremism and the Mangano tax," Suozzi said Wednesday.

Suozzi says Mangano's mismanagement of the assessment system has caused school taxes to increase.

Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said, "Even Bill Clinton cannot overshadow the fact that Tom Suozzi raised property taxes by 23 percent and gave himself a $65,000 pay raise."

Suozzi said the pay raise was approved by a bipartisan legislative panel and that a pair of tax hikes were necessary first to close a budget deficit left by his GOP predecessor and later to secure Nassau's finances after the 2008 recession.

Suozzi has been a longtime supporter of the Clintons. In 2008, Clinton headlined a $1,000-per-ticket golf outing in Glen Cove for Suozzi, who lost re-election a year later to Mangano. Clinton also appeared in a video montage for Suozzi after his 2009 defeat. In 2007, Suozzi hosted a fundraiser in Mill Neck for then-U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.Suozzi met privately with Hillary Clinton on Oct. 4 before her appearance at a Long Island Association luncheon. Jacobs said the former first lady is not expected to attend the Great Neck event.

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