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N. Hempstead's Kaiman re-examines a Nassau exec race

North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman was widely expected

North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman was widely expected to lead LIPA last fall. Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman met with more than 20 Democratic colleagues in his home on Jan. 19 to discuss whether he should run for county executive after all. He told Newsday the previous week he had not “given much thought to a county executive run lately.”

Meanwhile, former Nassau executive Tom Suozzi hasn’t budged from saying in public that he isn’t running.

“We brought people together to have a discussion,” Kaiman said Friday. The conclusion?

“No conclusion yet,” he said.

One participant who declined to be identified said “it’s starting to get late” in terms of raising the necessary $3 million or so needed to challenge incumbent Republican Edward Mangano.

Kaiman last fall had been widely expected to lead the Long Island Power Authority -- before superstorm Sandy and before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, who was to make the appointment, proposed instead to "privatize" the utility. When Kaiman was said to be leaving as supervisor, Legis. Judi Bosworth filed as a possible candidate for the post. She said, however, she'd fully support Kaiman if he forgoes a county executive bid and seeks re-election.

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