Suozzi selects Diana Reyna as his lieutenant governor running mate

Publication: Newsday
By: Yancey Roy

Rep. Tom Suozzi on Wednesday announced he’s selected Diana Reyna, a former Brooklyn councilwoman, to be his lieutenant governor running mate in Democratic primary.

Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), who is challenging Gov. Kathy Hochul for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, said Reyna would be the first Latina elected to statewide office if she wins. Besides the New York City Council, Reyna, 48, also served as a deputy to Eric Adams when the now-mayor was Brooklyn borough president.

“Diana believes that public service is about getting things done to improve the lives of the people we serve,” Suozzi said in a statement. “The historic significance of Diana’s candidacy represents a new beginning for the Latino community, that for too long has been effectively denied a seat at the table of state government.”