“Mazi stood shoulder-to-shoulder with me when we hired an additional 200 police officers in the last two years,” Blakeman told host John Catsimatidis on the Cats Roundtable WABC 770 AM radio.
“When Tom Suozzi was county executive, he wanted to defund the police,” he went on. “He increased taxes. He made Nassau County a sanctuary county.
“Mazi and I did not raise taxes over the last two years — unlike Tom Suozzi, who raised taxes when he was county executive by more than 20%,” Blakeman said. “We are keeping taxes low because we understand people are having a hard time making ends meet with this Biden inflation. Mazi, Pilip is a great partner of mine.”
Political insiders said the outcome could be determined by who has the superior get-out-the-vote operation as the message war on the airwaves winds down — the vaunted Nassau Republican machine headed by Joe Cairo or the Suozzi coalition that includes labor unions.
As of late Sunday, early turnout in the Nassau side of the district was about 16% when counting early voters and absentee ballots received.
Nassau accounts for 75-80% of the vote. Of the 421,000 registered voters, 55,487 voted early and 11,677 absentee ballots were received — for a total of 67,164 votes.
Combining the two, there were roughly 7,000 more Dems who voted than Republicans but there were also additional 15,000 independent or non-affiliated voters in the mix.
Turnout appeared to be lower on the Queens side of the district — 9,064 votes cast during nine days of early voting out of more than 100,000, according to the city Board of Elections. It was unclear how many absentee ballots were received.
“Going into Election Day we’ll have about 10,000 more Democrats voting than Republicans,” said Nassau Democratic County leader Jay Jacobs.
Cairo, the Nassau GOP chairman, was confident.
“I think we’re OK. Republicans traditionally vote on Election Day,” he said.
He also said independent voters would break for Pilip.
Cairo said Pilip has neighborhood residents and grassroots volunteers behind her rather than outsiders from the labor movement that Suozzi and the Democrats brought in.
“We got local people. We have neighborhood people out there. That’s our advantage. We’ll win if we get out our vote on Tuesday,” he said.