Thomas R. Suozzi
Nassau County Executive
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.
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
led Nassau from the brink of bankruptcy to fiscal health in a matter of three years.
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."
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.
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.
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
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.
also received the Environmental Equinox Award from Citizens Campaign for the Environment for his
environmental leadership in 2008.
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.
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.
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."
coined the term, New Suburbia, an innovative effort that targets smart growth to expand the tax base and enhances the quality of life.
commented, "Tom Suozzi
is still unchallenged in his
ability to articulate a vision for a new suburbia.
willingness to take risks and challenge conventional thinking helped get the project get this far".
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.
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."