With Diana Reyna, Suozzi makes a downstate ticket

The moderate gubernatorial candidate announced the Brooklyn former council member as his running mate and very first endorsement.

Publication: City & State
By: Rebecca Lewis
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City & State
Suozzi tapped Diana Reyna, a former New York City Council member from Brooklyn, as his pick for lieutenant governor. REBECCA C. LEWIS

Rep. Tom Suozzi unofficially got his first endorsement for governor on Wednesday as he announced his running mate. Breaking with a tradition of geographic diversity, Suozzi tapped Diana Reyna, a former New York City Council member from Brooklyn, as his pick for lieutenant governor. Though he chose another downstater, Suozzi still made good on his commitment to run with a woman of color.

The pair stood side by side on a basketball court in Williamsburg, flanked by supporters, where Reyna described her first encounter with Suozzi almost 20 years ago during his first statewide run on a platform of cleaning up corruption in state government. “When I heard he was running for governor, I wanted in,” Reyna said. “I wanted to be part of that campaign, to shake things up and get something done in Albany.

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