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Suozzi, Weitzman get Working Families endorsement

Nassau County Executive candidate Tom Suozzi speaks during

Nassau County Executive candidate Tom Suozzi speaks during the Nassau County Democrats Annual Spring dinner fundraiser at the Crest Hollow Country Club. Nassau’s Working Families Party has endorsed Suozzi for executive. (April 15, 2013) Credit: Ana Maria Rico

Nassau’s Working Families Party has endorsed Tom Suozzi for Nassau County executive and Howard Weitzman for county comptroller.

“Tom Suozzi and Howard Weitzman share our values and are committed to fighting for working families in Nassau County,” Lisa Tyson, a Working Families leader, said in a news release. “Their vision will make Nassau, once again, a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

The endorsement of the two Democrats by the party of some 2,200 registered voters comes as Suozzi attempts to fend off a primary challenge from East Hills businessman Adam Haber. Nassau Legis. Wayne Wink has announced he won't challenge Weitzman for comptroller.

Haber's campaign used the endorsement to repeat criticism of Suozzi for representing several local catering companies in a lawsuit filed by former and current employees over nonpayment of tips. Last week, Haber issued a letter to Suozzi calling on him to return campaign contributions from the catering companies and publicly apologize to the employees. Suozzi has said the companies paid the employees above minimum-wage and were "not stealing from the tip jar."

"While Suozzi fights against struggling low wage workers trying to get their fair pay, Adam is taking his message of change directly to the Democratic voters of Nassau County. Voters want a real choice and deserve better than Suozzi's anti-working families agenda," said Haber campaign manager Justin Myers.

Suozzi welcomed the Working Families endorsement, saying he looks “forward to realizing our shared vision for Nassau County and doing the hard work necessary to create the jobs of today and tomorrow."

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