Tom Suozzi, Albany Guy

010908 suozzi web Tom Suozzi, Albany GuyI just ran into Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, who ran for governor on a platform of changing Albany’s status quo (before Eliot Spitzer took on that fight).

He’s in high spirits right now, in the moments before Spitzer’s state of the state speech here in the Capitol.

Suozzi is expected to sit in the Assembly Chambers right next to V.I.P. guests Chuck Schumer to his right, and Michael Bloomberg two seats away.

I asked if he felt vindicated that his message of cutting property taxes and changing the status quo had basically been adopted as Spitzer’s platform.

“I’m just happy it is getting done,” he said.

He also said that two years ago, most lawmakers gathered here today would have burned him in effigy.