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Mr. Thomas R. Suozzi

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • BS
    Boston College , School of Management
  • Juris Doctor
    Fordham University School of Law
  • Chaminade High School
  • law degree
    Fordham University
  • bachelors degree
    Boston College
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The Foggiest Five: Former Nassau County ...
www.thefoggiestidea.org, 2 Sept 2014 [cached]
The Foggiest Five: Former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi The following are answers to The Foggiest Five, a set of questions asked to influential Long Islanders on the future of the region. This round features answers from former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, who served in office from 2002 to 2009.
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Vision Long Island
www.visionlongisland.org, 15 Dec 2013 [cached]
Some of the nation's most illustrious leaders have contributed forewords and introductions to his books, including Former President Bill Clinton, Senators John McCain, Edward Kennedy, and John Kerry, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, and Edward Cardinal Egan (former Archbishop of New York).
Long Island International Flm Expo
longislandfilm.com, 12 Dec 2010 [cached]
Thomas R. Suozzi Nassau County Executive
Suozzi Thomas R. Suozzi was elected Nassau County Executive in 2001 and is currently serving his second term. A government reformer, attorney, certified public accountant, and former eight-year Mayor of Glen Cove Thomas R. Suozzi, 46, continues to bring his strong management skills, fiscal discipline, compassion, and vision to Nassau County.
Described in news reports as "a leader of exceptional and rare ability" (Newsday), "terrific problem solver and public servant in the best sense of the term" (New York Times), a "man of relatively boundless integrity" (New York magazine) Suozzi has continued to mold Nassau County, the nation's first suburban community, into a model of smart growth and sustainable development for the future.
Just days before Suozzi's inauguration as Nassau County Executive in 2002, the Maxwell School of Public Affairs rated Nassau the "worst run county in the nation. Within his first year in office, Suozzi turned a $428 million deficit into a balanced budget, leading one of the most dramatic financial turnarounds in the country.
The Daily News wrote, "Suozzi led Nassau from the brink of bankruptcy to fiscal health in a matter of three years. Newsday noted "the ebullient Mr. Suozzi has made a career of defying expectations. The Daily News stated in 2006, "Suozzi is a political swashbuckler who wins upset victories by taking risks, breaking rules and tweaking the establishment."
Suozzi was named Governing Magazine's 2005 Public Official of the Year for his innovative initiatives in Nassau, which has a population of over 1.3 million, larger than 11 states and a $2.6 billion budget, greater than 11 states. Suozzi has eliminated wasteful contracts, cut the workforce to the smallest in 30 years, and achieved historic labor concessions. Nassau is the only county in New York that did not raise taxes for five years in a row and has received 13 bond upgrades in five years, more than any county in the nation.
County Executive Suozzi's environmental initiatives have earned him national media recognition. Green Levittown, Suozzi's campaign to turn America's first suburb into the first 'green' suburb, has been profiled in Time magazine, The New York Times, on CNN, and Good Morning America, ABC's morning news show, as a local effort leading the nation in coping with climate change. Nassau County is a founding member of Climate Communities, a national advocacy coalition of cities and counties that educates and promotes local-federal partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Suozzi serves on the Executive Committee of Climate Communities.
Environmental organizations have lauded Suozzi's programs, saying that Suozzi's "environmental programs have experienced a turnaround on par with that of the County's financial turnaround. In 2008, the New York League of Conservation Voters named County Executive Suozzi Environmentalist of the Year in recognition of his achievements in improving environmental quality. Mr. Suozzi also received the Environmental Equinox Award from Citizens Campaign for the Environment for his environmental leadership in 2008.
Under Suozzi, Nassau has its lowest crime rate in 30 years and is the safest place in the nation with over a million people. The parks system is making a comeback, and for the first time in the county's history voters twice approved $150 million in bonds to preserve open space.
Suozzi has introduced ground-breaking programs that have become national models. No Wrong Door places all of Nassau's human service agencies under one roof and marries compassion and efficiency. Newsday commended No Wrong Door, stating, "By treating clients not like prisoners or freeloaders but people in real need, by determining their eligibility and getting them help faster, the county better serves its neediest elderly, kids, disabled, ill and poor."
Another Suozzi initiative, Common Sense for the Common Good unites groups with diverse views on abortion, focusing on the prevention of unintended pregnancies, housing, and adoption. The program has gained national attention. A Washington Post editorial stated Suozzi "just might move the national abortion debate to more constructive ground."
Suozzi coined the term, New Suburbia, an innovative effort that targets smart growth to expand the tax base and enhances the quality of life. Newsday commented, "Tom Suozzi is still unchallenged in his ability to articulate a vision for a new suburbia. Suozzi's willingness to take risks and challenge conventional thinking helped get the project get this far".
Suozzi has made property tax relief a signature issue and was appointed to Chair a statewide commission on property taxes in January 2008. Suozzi, as Chair of the New York State Commission on Property Tax Relief, submitted the final report of the Commission to Governor David A. Paterson in December 2008.
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Governor Paterson said upon receiving this report: "The growth rate of property taxes in this state is unsustainable, especially for the elderly, working families and small businesses… I thank the Commission and Chairman Thomas Suozzi for their diligence over the past four months, and now it is time for the leadership of this state to act."
Press Release: NCCFT Endorses Tom Suozzi for Nassau County Executive | NCCFT Blog
nccft.org [cached]
NASSAU COMMUNITY COLLEGE TEACHERS ENDORSE SUOZZI
NCCFT first academic union to endorse in race for County Executive
April 30, Garden City: The Nassau Community College Federation of Teachers Local 3150, noting that his vision for improving the County's economy will strengthen Nassau's already-stellar school system, officially endorsed Tom Suozzi for County Executive. The NCCFT is the first union of educators to endorse a candidate in the 2013 Nassau County Executive race.
"We are pleased to announce that the NCCFT is endorsing Tom Suozzi for the Democratic nomination for County Executive," said President Debra DeSanto.
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We are confident that Tom Suozzi can, and will, lead this County to a brighter financial future while also placing a value on public sector employees."
DeSanto also mentioned that Suozzi was a dedicated advocate for Nassau's youth as County Executive.
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Suozzi pioneered "Healthy Youth," a program that informed young people across the county about healthy foods, the importance of staying active, and the benefits of making healthy life choices. He also started the Nassau County Summer Youth Employment Corps, which coordinated all available youth employment services in the county so that our young people had access to employment and paid internships.
"I am proud to receive the endorsement of the Nassau Community College Federation of Teachers," said Suozzi.
Tom Suozzi Running for Nassau County Executive | Long Island Magazine
www.longislandmagazine.com, 25 Dec 2014 [cached]
That is the mantra that former Nassau County top executive Tom Suozzi is reciting to himself as he gets ready for another run at the elected office.
Suozzi, who is a Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday on his campaign's official website in a letter addressed to Nassau County residents, declaring his intention to challenge Republican Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano to "restore fiscal stability to our county government and to stop the irresponsible borrowing and skyrocketing debt that shifts the responsibility to our children and grandchildren."
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Hopefully that means Suozzi is not for taking a loan from Somali Pirates to right Nassau County fiscal problems.
This bid for the top office in Nassau County should come at no surprise to anyone in Long Island or New York state. The former four-term Glen Cove mayor and two-term county executive's campaign intentions have been one of the worst-kept secrets in Nassau political circles for months. Suozzi has made no secret of his love of politics or intentions for higher office, stating during a debate against former New York Gov.
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"Nassau County was once the ideal suburb and we can be again," Suozzi declares in the letter, dubbing himself "a problem solver" who loved his job as county executive.
You can also bet the Suozzi has some not so nice words to say about the administration that took over after he was defeated in 2009. During his time away from public office, Souzzi says, he's seen "the county mismanaged from one man-made crisis after another" and notes its financial takeover by state watchdog Nassau Interim Finance Authority.
Souzzi only lost by the narrowest of margins in 2009, which was upheld by a recount, but he might be able to wrestle the top spot away this time around. Mostly because of the crisis that is now being felt across Nassau County.
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