Rep. Tom Suozzi has selected on Wednesday former City Councilwoman Diana Reyna as his running mate in his long-shot Democratic primary campaign to unseat Gov. Kathy Hochul.
Suozzi, a centrist Long Island Democrat, said he decided to tap Reyna as his running mate since she is “smart” and “experienced.”
“She understands land use. She understands affordable housing,” Suozzi said.
“She is also “very tough,” Suozzi added.
Suozzi, a 59-year-old from Glen Cove, labeled himself as a “common-sense” Democrat.
Reyna for her part is happy to be tapped as the running mate of Suozzi.
“New York doesn’t need to move to the left, and it doesn’t need to move to the right,” Reyna said.
“New York needs to move forward. It’s all about getting things done,” Reyna added.
Political analysts said at the moment, Hochul is poised for her reelection bid.
The analysts said Hochul has a huge campaign kitty, leads the latest polls, and got an endorsement from several groups.
In a survey published by Siena College last month, Hochul led Suozzi by 40 percentage points and Williams by 35 percentage points.
According to reports, Hochul has decided to tap Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin, a former state senator from Harlem as her running mate.