Mayor-elect Eric Adams revealed Saturday that he’s trying to convince a Long Island congressman and longtime political ally to join his administration as a deputy mayor.
During an unrelated Queens press conference, Adams introduced Rep. Tom Suozzi and told reporters he recently reached out to the fellow Democrat “somehow trying to convince him to be a deputy mayor in my administration.”
Suozzi, the former Nassau County executive and mayor of Glen Cove, endorsed Adams and campaigned heavily for him during the Democratic primary for mayor.
He told The Post he plans to seriously consider the offer over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
“I am very flattered that the mayor-elect would like me to help him in a big way to tackle the challenges in New York City,” Suozzi 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.”
As a congressman, Suozzi earns $174,000. Deputy mayors make much more, including First Deputy Dean Fuleihan, who earns $291,139.
Suozzi, a member of the House’s powerful tax-writing Ways and Means Committee, is also trained as a lawyer and certified public accountant.