Suozzi, Pilip make closing arguments ahead of bellwether Feb. 13 special election

Former Democratic Rep. Tom Suozzi and GOP Nassau County Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip will face off next Tuesday in a special election for the congressional seat formerly held by ex-Rep. George Santos.

Many political observers see the Feb. 13 contest for the 3rd Congressional District — a politically purple district that covers a slice of northeast Queens and a large chunk of Nassau County — as a bellwether for several competitive House races across the Empire State this year. Flipping those seats is critical for Democrats to take back the House this year.