The American rep. Tom Suozzi says he’s running for governor of New York

NEW YORK (AP) – The Democratic US Rep. Tom Suozzi said Monday that he is running for governor of New York in …

NEW YORK (AP) – Democratic U.S. Representative Tom Suozzi said Monday he is running for New York’s governor in next year’s election, joining a competitive primary race that was wide open when former Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned.

Suozzi told reporters at a virtual press conference that he is jumping into the 2022 race.

“I’m a common sense democrat,” Suozzi said. “I do not think it is about going to the far left or far right; it is about trying to find the answers to the problems we face. ”

The announcement from the 59-year-old congressman from Long Island came days after the U.S. House passed President Joe Biden’s comprehensive law on social and environmental issues.

The legislation includes a provision that raises the limit on state and local taxes that people can deduct in federal taxes, something that disproportionately helps top incomes from high-tax coastal states like New York, and which Suozzi has fought for.

Suozzi had said for months that he had considered a governorship campaign, but first wanted to have the tax deduction ceiling raised in Congress and use it to make his message known to voters.

The bill, recently passed by Parliament, raised the limit of $ 10,000 to $ 80,000. The legislation is now being moved to the Senate, where it can be reduced.

Suozzi represents Long Island, including its rich north coast, and parts of Queens in New York’s 3rd Congress District. He survived a tough re-election in 2020, where he achieved a victory in the swing district that leans toward the Democrats.

The open race to replace him is likely to be strongly contested by both parties. Democrats have a margin of five votes in Parliament and are historically expected to lose seats in the midterm elections because they are the party in power.

Instead of facing another tough GOP challenge in a re-election campaign, Suozzi in the governor’s race is expected to be able to draw on his moderate credentials as he faces several primary challengers running to the left of him.

The Democratic primary race includes Governor Kathy Hochul, who took office after Cuomo resigned over allegations of sexual harassment; Attorney General Letitia James, whose investigation into the allegations prompted Cuomo’s resignation; and Jumaane Williams, New York City’s elected attorney.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose term of office ends this year, has also suggested he may participate in the race. De Blasio filed paperwork to set up a fundraising committee last month.

He has repeatedly said he would like to continue in public service, and in a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” revealed a campaign-like state education plan, but danced around questions about whether he would run for governor.

De Blasio, James and Williams all count on a base of voter support in Brooklyn, while Hochul comes from Buffalo in western New York.

Suozzi attracted his first nationwide attention in 2004 as a locally elected official who led a “Fix Albany” movement to stop mandates in the state capital for local governments raising local taxes. His efforts helped oust two incumbent state legislators.

Suozzi, an accountant and lawyer, ran for governor before, in 2006. He lost the Democratic primary to Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer later withdrew in a sex scandal.

Prior to being elected to Congress in 2016, Suozzi served as mayor of Glen Cove from 1994 to 2001 and as Nassau County’s elected leader from 2002 to 2009.

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Villeneuve reported from Albany.

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