Former Reps. Steve Israel and Gary Ackerman are backing Democrat Charles Lavine’s bid for county executive, breaking from the county party’s top leaders.
Lavine, a state assemblyman from Glen Cove, announced the endorsements, unprompted, during the first candidate forum of the primary campaign Thursday night in Rockville Centre.
“I know other people have gotten endorsements that are important, but I want to let you know that I also have the endorsement of congressman Steve Israel and congressman Gary Ackerman,” Lavine told a crowd of local Democrats.
Israel (D-Huntington) retired last year after 16 years in the House. His 3rd District, over his last two terms, stretched across Nassau’s entire North Shore.
Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights), who held office from 1983 to 2012, represented much of the same parts of Nassau when they were in the 5th Congressional District.
In a statement, Israel and Ackerman cited Lavine’s “progressive” record in the Assembly, whose Democratic leaders already have endorsed Lavine.
Executive leaders of the Nassau County Democratic Committee and the county’s two state senators have endorsed County Legis. Laura Curran of Baldwin for county executive. County Comptroller George Maragos, who left the Republican Party last fall, also is running for county executive as a Democrat.