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.