Former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi has defeated state Sen. Jack Martins (R-Nassau) in the race for the 3rd Congressional District seat.
“It couldn’t have been done without everyone in this room,” Suozzi said at his election party at the Cottage at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho, LI on Tuesday night. The former Glen Cove mayor thanked Martins for the race he ran, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) for his work for the district and the people who worked on his campaign.
“Regardless of who the next president of the United States of America is, we need to really do some soul-searching,” Suozzi said. “We have to figure out what’s going on in this country and figure out how to bring people together again, to work together to actually address the problems that we face in this country.”
He received 48 percent of the vote and Martins received 44 of it throughout the entire district, which reaches as far into northeastern Queens as Whitestone. In Queens, Suozzi won 59 percent of the vote and Martins won 28 percent of it.
He was introduced by Borough President Melinda Katz, who endorsed Suozzi during the Democratic primary race for the seat. Aside from Katz, Suozzi was supported by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside), Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing), former City Comptroller John Liu and state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Bay Terrace advocate Warren Schreiber, Debbie Markell, and Democratic State Committeeman Matthew Silverstein worked on Suozzi's "Queens Dream Team."
“Tom has worked unbelievably hard for everyone in this room,” Katz said. “He will bring reform to Washington, he will bring unity to Washington.”
“I love this country and I love the system we have and I know it’s the best possible system but we’ve gotta make it work for everybody,” the former county executive said. “We gotta make it work the way we worked during the course of this campaign.”
Along with people who supported him in Nassau and Suffolk counties, Suozzi thanked Katz and other Queens leaders who endorsed him for their support.
“Right beside her throughout the entire process was a great councilman with a great family from Queens, really a wonderful guy, Paul Vallone,” he said.
Martins congratulated Suozzi on his victory in a prepared statement.
“While the outcome was not what we hoped and the race is over, it does not mean we will stop fighting for the ideals on which we ran,” he said. “Throughout this campaign, I’ve heard the frustration from people across Nassau, Suffolk and Queens about the direction our country is headed.”
Suozzi, who plans on opening a district office in “The World’s Borough,” discussed his priorities in Washington with reporters from Queens in a conference call on Wednesday.
“I’ve made a commitment to the people of northeastern Queens that I’m gonna help address the issue of airplane noise,” he said, adding that he would speak to air traffic controllers about the issue.
The former Glen Cove mayor also said that he would be open to working with Trump as president, but would oppose “any discrimination, shenanigans or unfairness.”