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Editorial: Tom Suozzi

Not speaking from any political bent, it was simply an interesting run as journalists to follow Tom Suozzi’s terms as county executive. He was working to helm a county through an urgent financial crisis and complex social evolution and he acted as such - bringing brave ideas to the table on issues ranging from debt, to crime, to shrinking industry, to growing poverty to the exodus of young people and the loss of natural open spaces.

 

Regardless of your take on his methods or ideology, or on the plausibility of each detail of his specific plans, Suozzi was not afraid to think creatively. In fact he challenged people to take new perspectives and worked to make people realize that if they don’t think creatively, the future in Nassau may not be one they like.

If Suozzi has a legacy here, one might hope it is that his sense of urgency and honesty about the trials confronting this county remains in those he leaves behind. Nassau still must address the issues he was straining to make residents face, the opportunities he was challenging people to think through, while there is still time to find real solutions.