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Suozzi, Mangano campaign to the wire

Nassau County Executive challenger Thomas Suozzi continued traveling the county by RV on Monday, while incumbent Edward Mangano planned to attend nighttime Republican rallies.

On the final day of campaigning before Tuesday’s election, Suozzi was expected to end his 36-hour “crisscrossing” of the county at 7 p.m. Monday. Suozzi, a Democrat who served as county executive from 2002-2009, stopped at churches, supermarkets, train stations, diners and other locations.

Mangano, who beat Suozzi by 386 votes in 2009, spent two hours Monday afternoon at a job fair he hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Uniondale, after knocking on doors in the Bellmore/North Bellmore area Sunday evening.

Mangano planned to participate in GOP rallies in Syosset and Oyster Bay Monday evening and to later attend an athletic boosters dinner in Massapequa.

Suozzi appeared at the Landmark Diner in Roslyn at about 3 a.m., and three hours later was greeting commuters at the Roslyn Long Island Rail Road.

He took part in a 10 a.m. news conference in Hempstead with other Democratic candidates to announce that the New York State Democratic Lawyers Council would have nearly 200 lawyers at polling sites, particularly in minority communities, to monitor voting on Tuesday.

He was scheduled to travel from the Valley Stream LIRR station to Penn Station during the afternoon rush hour, and to return to the Mineola station at about 7:00 p.m. From there he planned to close out the campaign by visiting with volunteers at his Glen Cove campaign office.

Former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, who was knocked off the ballot as a third-party candidate for county executive in a court challenge backed by Democratic Party officials, campaigned Monday as a write-in candidate.

Hardwick, who is still stinging from what he says was the Nassau Democratic Party’s abandonment of him in the March village elections, said he is running for county executive “because they’re not real Democrats and people need to be aware of that.”

Hardwick had new flyers attacking Suozzi and the party leadership, with a ballot printed on the back showing where his name should be written in.

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