Monday, March 13, 2006

SUOZZI: Hello, my name is Tom ...

Date: Sun, 12 Mar 2006 14:26:24 -0500
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Subject: Suozzi supports Eminent Domain; otherwise says nothing

SUOZZI: Hello, my name is Tom ...
By Erik Engquist & Anne Michaud
Published on March 13, 2006

With his name recognition at just 18% statewide, Thomas Suozzi, a
Democratic candidate for governor, used a Crain's breakfast forum
last week to introduce himself to New York City business leaders. The
Nassau County executive pledged to cut local property taxes and not
to raise income taxes, but he also touched on a wide range of issues.

He called for convening a summit to end the Campaign for Fiscal
Equity school funding case and provide billions of dollars more to
New York City schools and districts in other big cities. Mr. Suozzi
said that he would finance the plan by attacking Medicaid fraud,
which he estimated could trim 10% from the $46 billion program.

Mr. Suozzi backed Mayor Michael Bloomberg's fight to include some
residential development at Ground Zero, while saying that lower
Manhattan should emerge as essentially an office district. He added
that he would give more weight to the views of mayors.

He supported the use of eminent domain for economic development, and
said he was inclined to use it for the Atlantic Yards/Nets basketball
arena project in Brooklyn, but only after building public consensus.

He promised to broaden fuel-source diversity to include natural gas
from Canada, but said he wasn't familiar with the debate over
renewing the expired Article X power plant siting law.

Mr. Suozzi criticized Democratic rival Eliot Spitzer for not doing
more to fight Medicaid "waste, fraud and abuse" during his seven
years as attorney general. He said he would reform Medicaid by making
it harder for older people to shield their assets through legal
sleights of hand in order to qualify for government-paid long-term

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