Tom Suozzi announces 10-point plan to ‘Help Restore Sanity to Washington’

Tom Suozzi announces 10-point plan to ‘Help Restore Sanity to Washington’
Former U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi launches his campaign in Levittown Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Brandon Duffy)

Former U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) released a 10-point plan to “Help Restore Sanity to Washington and Get Things Done” as he runs for his old seat in the 3rd Congressional District. 

Suozzi is running against Nassau County Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip (R-Great Neck) in a special election on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, to finish out the term of George Santos, who was expelled from Congress earlier this month. 

Included in Suozzi’s outline are goals related to affordability, protecting the environment, defending democracy and supporting both Israel and Ukraine, among other things.

“Washington is broken; it’s erupted into chaos,” Suozzi said during his campaign launch event in Levittown. “It needs to do better for the people.

Suozzi pledges to continue advocating for the restoration of the state and local tax deduction, otherwise known as SALT, which passed in bills in the House multiple times but was blocked in the Senate. 

On immigration, Suozzi’s proposal includes passing the Tom Suozzi-Peter King Compromise, a 2019 proposal with the then-Republican Congressman that would fund an increase in southern border security, reduce out-migration from Central America and create a legal status for five million undocumented immigrants that have lived and worked in the U.S. for years. 

The 10-point plan also calls for standing up to extreme attacks on reproductive freedom and improving public safety. Since announcing his campaign, Suozzi said immigration, taxes and abortion are among his top issues in the upcoming race. 

Suozzi, who had a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood during his six years in Congress, is committed to making sure abortion is “safe, legal, and accessible,” the plan said. On public safety, Suozzi wants to focus on reforms that prioritize intervention including “precision policing models” to get illegal guns off the streets, the outline said. 

 “Throughout my career, I have always prioritized delivering results for the people over petty partisan politics,” Suozzi said in a statement. “The growing influence of the far right and far left have led to gridlock in Congress. My 10-point plan is a blueprint to address the real concerns people face and my intention to work with anyone of goodwill who has the same objective of actually addressing challenging problems and working together to come up with a solution.”

Suozzi represented the 3rd District from 2017 to 2013 and did not run for re-election in 2021 while running in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Prior to serving in Congress, Suozzi served as mayor of Glen Cove and Nassau County executive. 

In the House, Suozzi was a member of the Ways and Means Committee, the chief tax-writing committee and the vice-chair of the Problem Solvers Caucus. 

A previous version of this story was published. It has since been updated. 

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