Red Wave Brings Political Sea Change on Long Island


Republicans reclaimed elected positions across Nassau and Suffolk counties on Election Day, but while some Democrats saw the heavy losses as reason for soul searching, others set their sights on higher office.

As Nassau County Executive Laura Curran and Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini— both first-term Democrats — prepare to vacate office at the end of the month to Republicans Bruce Blakeman and Ray Tierney, respectively, U.S. Rep. Tom Suozzi (D-Glen Cove) in November threw his hat into the New York State 2022 Democratic gubernatorial primary race. And that’s only some of the executive-level races — even more changes further down ballot happened this cycle and are possibilities for next year if the so-called red wave of surging GOP voter turnout continues into the congressional midterm elections.