Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican who won in a upset victory last November against Democratic Executive Thomas Suozzi, is endorsing Rick Lazio, a former Long Island congressman, for governor instead of neighboring Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy, a Democrat turned Republican.
“For far too long, Albany has increased taxes and spending to levels that are simply unsustainable,” Mangano said. “Today, I’m joining the Republican and Conservative Parties by endorsing Rick Lazio for governor because of his solutions to change Albany.”
Lazio, meanwhile, this morning criticized Gov. David Paterson’s decision to delay funding for construction projects in the state.
“The failure to cut spending and honestly balance the budget at the beginning of the fiscal year brought us to this point. We need to make the tough spending decisions today to avoid continued fiscal chaos and mismanagement,” Lazio said in a statement.