That time period, of course, includes the 8 years during which he served as County Executive. Even though Suozzi spoke about his vision for “cool downtowns” and changing “five percent” of the County into a mixed-use destinations during his 2001 and 2009 campaign speeches, neither ever happened.
Suozzi was asked about his failure to follow through on any of these plans, at a candidates breakfast in Plainview earlier this week. He answered that now that he’s had governmental experience, and more recent experience in the private sector, he was ready and able to get it done this time – what would be his third term.
And while Tom spent much of the three minutes allotted to him, to blame his opponent for all that is fiscally wrong in the economy, County Executive Ed Mangano used his time to speak about a litany of real accomplishments during his first 4 years in office.
Four consecutive no property tax increase budgets, thousands of new and retained jobs, the lowest unemployment rate and highest sales tax growth in the Country,
the creation of new revenue-generating industries, transformation of vacant property into affordable housing – near public transportation, and cost-saving public-private partnerships like the proposed HUB redevelopment.