- Former partner in Harold Ickes’ New York law firm, Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein
- Currently serving as Nassau County Executive in Long Island, New York
- Launched “Fix Albany” campaign in April 2004, ostensibly to clean up corruption and legislative “gridlock” in New York State
Thomas R. Suozzi was born August 31, 1962 in Glen Cove, New York. His father Joseph was an Italian immigrant who went to law school, worked his way up to a seat on the appellate bench and became a partner in the influential Long Island law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein. Thomas followed in his father’s footsteps.
While attending Fordham University law school, Thomas Suozzi met and befriended New York Governor Mario Cuomo, who became his mentor. Cuomo hired young Suozzi to run his reelection campaign in 1990.
Suozzi began his own political career in 1993, when he ran successfully for mayor of his hometown, Glen Cove. His father Joseph and his uncle Vincent had both held the post of Glen Cove mayor before him.
After four terms as Glen Cove mayor, Thomas Suozzi ran for Nassau County Executive in 2001. Nassau County has the highest concentration of registered Republicans in New York State. No Democrat had won that position in thirty years, and only one Democrat had won it in the county’s entire history. Yet Suozzi took Nassau County by an astonishing 2 to 1 margin.
In New York State, the position of Nassau County Executive confers considerable power. Bordering New York City, the county is densely populated, with 1.3 million inhabitants. Its $2.3 billion annual budget is larger than the budgets of 16 states. As County Executive, Suozzi presides over a governmental bureaucracy of some 8,500 people.
In 2004, Suozzi made headlines throughout New York State with his so-called “Fix Albany” campaign. With Democrat power waning in Washington, many on the left have despaired of imposing their radical agenda from the top down. They seek instead to radicalize America from the bottom up, seizing power city by city, county by county, and state by state. Jim Holt enunciated this strategy in The New York Times Magazine of November 11, 2004, calling on fellow leftists to implement social change under the cover of states’ rights. “The more conservatives succeed in reducing the size and scope of the federal government, the more fiscal freedom the blue states will have to pursue their own idea of a just society,” wrote Holt.
George Soros and his Shadow Party are keen proponents of this “bottom-up” strategy. They have selected New York State as a laboratory for their experiment. “New York is a state that has more Democrats than Republicans,” Soros spokesman Michael Vachon explained to The New York Sun. “If we can’t gain a foothold here, how can we expect to win on the national level?”
Through his “Fix Albany” campaign — first unveiled in the 2004 election cycle — Suozzi emerged as a stealth promoter of George Soros’ plan to transform New York State into a “foothold” for the Shadow Party, and prepared himself as a potential gubernatorial candidate.
Presenting himself as a moderate or even conservative Democrat, Thomas R. Suozzi promotes a radical platform that includes “sharing” wealth through “regional” distribution of tax revenues; enacting Living Wage laws written by the radical cult ACORN; stripping power from towns, villages and other local jurisdictions; and eliminating “spatial racism” through “inclusionary zoning” laws, the redrawing of school districts, and the massive relocation of minority populations into white-majority areas.
Suozzi champions what he calls the “New Suburbia” — a model of “smart growth” and “sustainable development,” in which trained technocrats regulate suburban “sprawl.”
“Smart growth” is a form of rationing. It entails tightly restricting zoning and building permits — rendering such permits artificially scarce and expensive. It is a well-known principle of economics that rationing gives rise to black markets. “Smart growth” is a formula for corruption, providing a wealth of opportunities for cronyism, patronage, bribes and kickbacks. Labor rackets and other forms of organized crime thrive under such systems — a fact which Thomas Suozzi surely did not overlook, given his close association with the law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein.
On the pretext of fostering “smart growth,” Suozzi seeks to strip local municipalities of their power — a move that is meeting fierce resistance from Long Island towns and villages that, in some cases, have managed their own affairs for more than 300 years. Land-use planners imbued with the ideology of “smart growth” refer to such independent communities as “little boxes.” They seek, on principle, to “break down the walls” of “little boxes,” incorporating them into “big boxes” managed by technocrats.
Yet, Long Island’s townships and incorporated villages are remarkably free of “suburban sprawl.” An ancient two-lane highway provides the only access to the South Fork’s world-class beaches and resorts. South Fork natives keep it that way on purpose. They need no assistance from Suozzi and his “smart growth” planners to control “sprawl.” They are experts at preserving the beauty and serenity of their communities.
Suozzi has endorsed the idea that Long Island is infected with “spatial racism” — that is, racial segregation that is institutionally preserved through land-use policies. The only way to end “spatial racism,” say land-use experts, is to break up the “little boxes.” It seems likely that Suozzi’s crusade against “spatial racism” may be related to his push for “smart growth.” Accusing Long Island’s tight-knit municipalities of “racism” would provide Suozzi with the perfect excuse to strip these communities of their centuries-old independence and to promote state control of their land.
In June 2001, the Long Island Community Foundation hired leftwing activist Elaine V. Gross to launch the ERASE Racism initiative — a program aimed at eradicating “institutional racism” on Long Island. Gross’s team released a study in June 2002 alleging that Long Island was the most racially segregated suburb in the USA. According to the report, 74 percent of Long Island blacks would have to move into white areas in order to achieve a racially equitable distribution — a mass exodus of truly biblical proportions, which the study appears to advocate.
Other proposed solutions to Long Island “racism” include such concepts as “inclusionary zoning,” “coordinated economic development,” re-drawing school districts so that black and white children will attend school in each others’ neighborhoods, and dispatching undercover “testers” to trap realtors in sting operations designed to catch them in the act of “steering” minorities away from renting or buying properties in white neighborhoods.
ERASE Racism consultant David Rusk also recommends what he calls “regional tax-based sharing so that some of the wealthier communities put more money into a pot that gets shared out to some of the poorer communities.” ERASE Racism unveiled its program at a June 5, 2002 conference in Islandia, New York. Thomas R. Suozzi spoke there, warmly endorsing the ERASE Racism initiative and using the occasion to promote his vision of “big box” regional government for Long Island.
Suozzi announced in April 2004 that he was starting a political action committee called FixAlbany.com that would fund challengers to incumbents in the New York State legislature — be they Democrat or Republican — who, in Suozzi’s judgment, were contributing to legislative gridlock.
As if to punctuate Suozzi’s point, the Soros-funded Brennan Center at New York University released a study in July 2004 called The New York State Legislative Process: An Evaluation and Blueprint for Reform. The so-called “Brennan Report” diagnosed New York State government as the most “dysfunctional” in the nation, providing a convenient academic rationale for efforts by Suozzi, Soros and the Working Families Party to stack the state legislature with stealth radicals posing as “reform” candidates.
Many of its criticisms seemed valid, yet a pervasive pattern in the case studies it presented hinted that the Center’s chief objection to the New York State legislature was that it was too slow to embrace radical legislation that would break the state budget, raise taxes and drive business from the state.
From the moment the Brennan Center issued its study, reporters throughout New York State rushed to interrogate candidates for state office, seeking their opinions on the proposed “reforms.” The New York Times announced that it would withhold its endorsement from any candidate who did not agree to the full range of proposals stipulated in the Brennan Report.
The stage was set for Suozzi’s insurrection.
In 2004, all 212 members of the New York State legislature ran for reelection. Suozzi focused his efforts on a small group of close races. His slate of “reform” candidates coincided closely with those funded by the Soros family and endorsed by the Working Families Party, in several instances.
Suozzi declared victory for his “throw the bums out” movement, despite the fact that only two of the targeted incumbents lost their seats. “We said we would take out one assembly and one state senator and we did,” Suozzi told Newsday. “Even guys who won are now talking about reform.”
Suozzi has chosen to focus his “Fix Albany” campaign on the alleged failure of New York legislators to deal with burgeoning Medicaid costs. “With less than 7 percent of the nation’s population, New York spends 12 percent of the country’s Medicaid dollars,” warns Suozzi’s FixAlbany.com website. He proposes forcing the state to pay a larger portion of Medicaid costs, which are currently split between state and county governments.
Suozzi has chosen a curious issue on which to peg his crusade. Already the sick and elderly cannot obtain medical benefits in New York without first running a punishing gauntlet of bureaucratic harassment. If the state is forced to pay for a larger share of Medicaid costs, benefits will become even harder to obtain. Suozzi’s proposal is guaranteed to create a health care crisis.
It is possible that the Nassau County Executive may be spearheading a new application of the co-called “crisis strategy” or “Cloward-Piven strategy.” This tried-and-true maneuver of the left calls for deliberately provoking a crisis in order to foster panic, despair and confusion — emotions conducive to radical political change.
If Suozzi succeeds in producing a health care crisis in New York, Senator Hillary Clinton will be its chief beneficiary. She will be well positioned to come riding to the rescue, offering a “solution” in the form of massive federal intervention. Mrs. Clinton has strong ties to the political machine that spawned Thomas R. Suozzi — in particular, to the Long Island law firm of Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein, where Suozzi’s father Joseph is one of the named partners. Meyer Suozzi partner Harold Ickes ran Mrs. Clinton’s 2000 Senate campaign; served as deputy chief of staff in the Bill Clinton White House; and now runs the Shadow Party for George Soros. Former Meyer Suozzi managing partner William Cunningham III was Hillary Clinton’s campaign treasurer in the 2000 Senate race.