Rep. Tom Suozzi this weekend did not rule out potentially joining Mayor-elect Eric Adams' new administration — a move that would potentially upend the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Suozzi, who had indicated he would make a decision on whether he will run for governor by the end of this month, now has more to consider. He's ruling nothing out.
“I am very flattered that the mayor-elect would like me to help him in a big way to tackle the challenges in NYC," he said. "It’s a testament to our great friendship and his confidence that I know how to help run a big government, get things done and solve problems. Lots to think about over Thanksgiving.”
Adams made the surprise float for Suozzi, a Long Island congressman and former Nassau County executive, to become a deputy mayor as his new administration prepares to take office at the start of the year.
Adams at a weekend event said Suozzi "has always been a clear voice for this city and I think it's important that we raise that as we move forward."
Suozzi has been complimentary of Adams, endorsing him early when the primary field was still crowded and relatively uncertain. Suozzi has also aligned himself with Adams on issues like public safety and policing, and both have been critical of the changes to the state's bail laws.
Suozzi has said repeatedly in recent months he "would love to be governor" but his focus has been consumed with getting changes to the federal $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions in a sweeping social services bill. A provision lifting the cap over the next decade to $80,000 was included in a version approved by the House of Representatives last week.
The Democratic gubernatorial primary already includes incumbent Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has filed paperwork as a potential precursor to running as well.
Adams taking on Suozzi for his administration would be a significant aid to Hochul as she seeks a full term next year, and potentially adding to the leverage he is already sure to enjoy heading into his first state budget season as mayor.