Fernando Ferrer backs Tom Suozzi for NY governor against Kathy Hochul

Publication: New York Post
By: Carl Campanile

Long Island Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi is making a big play for the Latino vote in his bid for governor — announcing Thursday night that former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer will serve as his campaign chairman.

Ferrer — the first Latino Democratic nominee for New York City mayor in 2005 — made a surprise appearance during a Suozzi tele-town hall meeting that connected with 10,000 people across the state.

He was Bronx borough president from 1987 to 2001 and previously served on the City Council.

The announcement of Ferrer, 71, as his campaign chairman came a day after Suozzi named former Brooklyn Councilwoman Diana Reyna as his running mate for lieutenant governor.