Even with a candidate slate yet to take shape, Nassau Democrats played up the 2013 county races during a fundraising dinner Tuesday night at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury.
Chairman Jay Jacobs hailed from the rostrum former County Executive Tom Suozzi, who was on hand with his daughter Caroline. Several hundred guests stood and applauded, some of them doing an extended chant of “We want Tom!” although Suozzi has said and repeated to individual well-wishers later at the dinner that he isn't running for his former post.
Jacobs said in the wake of superstorm Sandy that it is the “rightful role of government” to prevent damage and exposure to such dangers. He rejected GOP claims that County Executive Edward Mangano has not raised taxes.
Vice-chair Tom Garry gave a smattering of negatives on the Mangano administration, from bond downgrades to a state fiscal takeover to the loss of the Islanders hockey franchise to mismanagement at the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.
State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli of Great Neck attacked the “crazy myth that Republicans are the party of fiscal responsibility.”
Legislative minority leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Hempstead) did his own satiric riff on how to spot a Republican in the room – such as if they tell someone without shoes to pull himself up by his bootstraps; or if the only union he supports is that of the major-league ballplayers.
The fall fete had been postponed until Tuesday night because of Sandy, which caused widespread damage when it hit the region on Oct. 29.