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US Rep. Tom Suozzi says he’s running for New York governor

Democratic Representative Tom Suozzi announced on Monday that he would join the open primary primary as former Governor Andrew Cuomo resigned and would run for New York governor in next year’s election.

Suozzi told reporters at a virtual press conference that he would jump into the race in 2022.

“I am a Democrat with common sense,” Suoji said. “I don’t think it’s going to the extreme left or the far right. It’s about trying to find answers to the problems we face.”

The announcement by the 59-year-old Representative from Long Island comes days after the US House of Representatives passed President Joe Biden’s extensive social and environmental legislation.

The measure includes provisions that increase the state and local tax limits that people can deduct from federal taxes. This is disproportionately helping high-income earners in high-tax coastal states like New York, and this is something Suozzi has struggled with.

Suozzi said he has been considering running for governor for several months, but first wants Congress to use it to raise the tax credit limit and inform voters.

A bill recently passed by the House of Representatives raises the $10,000 cap to $80,000. The bill now goes to the Senate, where it can be reduced.

Suozzi represents Long Island, including the affluent North Coast, and part of Queens in New York’s 3rd Congressional District. He survived a tough re-election in 2020 and won the Democrat-slanted swing zone.

The open competition to replace him will be fierce bipartisan competition. Democrats have a five-vote gap in the House and are expected to lose seats in the midterm elections because historically they are the ruling party.

Rather than face another GOP challenge in the race for reelection, Suozzi is expected to get a moderate qualification as he faces several key contenders running to his left in the primaries for governor.

The Democratic primary includes Governor Kathy Hochul, who took office after Governor Cuomo resigned over sexual harassment allegations; Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating the allegations that prompted Cuomo’s resignation; and Jumaane Williams, an elected public interest advocate in New York City.

New York mayor Bill de Blasio, whose term ends this year, is also suggesting the possibility of running for the primary. De Blasio submitted papers last month to create a fundraising committee.

He has repeatedly stated that he wants to remain in office, and recently appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to reveal a campaign-style national education plan, but danced while asking questions about whether he would run for governor.

De Blasio, James and Williams all rely on Brooklyn’s voter support base, while Hochul is from Buffalo, western New York.

Suozzi first drew statewide attention in 2004 as a local elected official leading the “Fix Albany” movement to end the initiative order to local governments that increased local taxes. His efforts helped fire two incumbent state legislators.

An accountant and lawyer, Suozzi ran once for governor in 2006. He lost to Eliot Spitzer in the Democratic primary. Spitzer later resigned over a sex scandal.

Prior to being elected to the House of Representatives in 2016, Suozzi served as Mayor of Glen Cove from 1994 to 2001 and the elected administration of Nassau County from 2002 to 2009.

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