Rep. Tom Suozzi Is Running for Governor of New York

Mr. Suozzi, who has positioned himself as a centrist, entered a crowded field of Democrats seeking to challenge the incumbent, Gov. Kathy Hochul.

Publication: New York Times
By: Katie Glueck and Nicholas Fandos
Representative Tom Suozzi, who ran for governor of New York in 2006, entered next year’s race, challenging Gov. Kathy Hochul and others in the Democratic primary.Credit...Stefani Reynolds for The New York Times

Representative Thomas Suozzi, a Long Island Democrat, announced on Monday that he would enter the race for governor of New York, broadening the field of candidates running against the incumbent, Kathy Hochul, and becoming the first Democrat to take direct aim at her support among moderate suburban voters.

Mr. Suozzi, who has most recently focused on federal negotiations over raising a cap on state and local tax deductions, has positioned himself as a vocal centrist who is quick to lash what he casts as the excesses of his party’s left wing.

His decision to run for governor, which he made official at a virtual news conference, will intensify and complicate the battle for moderate voters in one of the nation’s marquee Democratic primary contests next year.

“I don’t believe it’s about going to the far left or to the far right,” said Mr. Suozzi, who outlined an agenda that includes lower property and income taxes, robust efforts to fight crime and reduce homelessness, and a focus on combating the coronavirus pandemic and its effects on the economy.

“I’ll work with anybody,” he said. “It’s not about being politically correct. It’s about doing the correct thing to actually help people.”

Mr. Suozzi, a former Nassau County executive who is billing himself as a “common-sense Democrat,” could cut into parts of the coalition Ms. Hochul is seeking to assemble on Long Island and in suburbs around the state.