Patrick Halpin, former Suffolk County exec, endorses Robert Zimmerman

Patrick Halpin, former Suffolk County exec, endorses Robert Zimmerman
Great Neck's Robert Zimmerman is running for New York's 3rd Congressional District. (Photo courtesy of the candidate)

The campaign for longtime Democratic National Committee member Robert Zimmerman announced an endorsement from former Suffolk County Executive Patrick Halpin as he bids for his party’s nomination in the 3rd Congressional District. 

Halpin, 69, led Suffolk from 1988 to 1991. Currently, he is the chair of the Suffolk County Water Authority and has served previously as a Suffolk County legislator and state Assemblyman. 

“As Suffolk County Executive, I took great pride in our bold initiatives against domestic violence, for environmental protection, and on behalf of the LGBTQ+ community,” Halpin said in a statement. “I know Robert will bring the same dedication and focus on these issues and so many others on behalf of Suffolk County residents. We need Robert Zimmerman in Congress now, to stand up for working families during these challenging economic times. That is why I proudly endorse Robert Zimmerman for Congress.” 

Zimmerman, 67, is co-president of ZE Creative Communications on Bond Street in Great Neck, a public relations firm he began 33 years ago with Ron Edelson.

He is seeking the congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove), who is running for governor.

Since his announcement this year, Zimmerman’s campaign has raised over $900,000.

If elected, Zimmerman would become the first announced gay member of Congress from Long Island and Queens.

Other endorsements for Zimmerman’s campaign include former Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, Assemblyman Charles Lavine and state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

Others running for the Democratic nomination in the district include former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan, state Sen. Alessandra Biaggi, Melanie D’Arrigo of Port Washington and Oyster Bay’s Reema Rasool.

George Santos is seeking the Republican nomination.

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