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Haber calls on Nassau exec rivals Suozzi, Mangano to sign pledges

Adam Haber, a Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, says neither Edward Mangano nor Thomas Suozzi are committed to a four-year term. Videojournalist: Chris Ware (Aug. 7, 2013)

Adam Haber, a Democratic candidate for Nassau County Executive, on Wednesday called on primary challenger Thomas Suozzi and Republican County Executive Edward Mangano to sign pledges to serve a full four-year term if elected.

At a news conference in Mineola, Haber criticized Suozzi, who served as county executive from 2002 to 2009, for running for governor against then-state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer in 2006 while still holding his county post. Haber said the time Suozzi used on the campaign trail should have been spent on county issues.

"We've had politicians who seem to care just about getting elected then check out from their taxpayer-funded jobs to run for the next office," said Haber, a retired East Hills businessman and a Roslyn School Board member who is running against Suozzi in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary.

Suozzi's campaign spokesman did not return a call and an email seeking comment.

Mangano campaign spokesman Brian Nevin said that, "while this is an Election Day stunt, I can say Ed Mangano fully intends on completing a second four-year term as County Executive."

Haber's three-paragraph pledge form calls on the candidates to promise to use their "time as County Executive to work only for the people of Nassau County for the entire duration of my elected term."

At the news conference, Haber said "elected officials should do the job they were elected to do. How many folks do you know who get to draw their taxpayer funded salary while trying to find another job?"

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