Election 2013

Suozzi wins Democratic primary

Former county executive will have rematch with Mangano


Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi will be running for his old job in November, after decisively winning the Democratic primary on Tuesday.

Suozzi, who held the position for eight years, will challenge Republican Ed Mangano, the man who beat him by fewer than 400 votes in 2009.

On Tuesday, Suozzi defeated primary challenger Adam Haber by nearly 20 percentage points. Suozzi received the endorsement of the Nassau County Democratic Party, all nine Democratic legislators, and several other elected officials.

Haber, a restaurant owner and Roslyn School Board member, ran a campaign that was largely self-funded.

According to unofficial results, Suozzi received 19,475 votes (59 percent) to 13,704 (41 percent) for Haber. There were a total of 95 write-in votes.

Suozzi was joined by his wife, Helene, several members of the Democratic Party and dozens of supporters to celebrate his victory at the National Polish Home in Glen Cove. Mangano and Suozzi will face off on Nov. 5.