Suffolk Co. Exec Steve Levy Mulls Run for Governor Against Paterson
This renders less mysterious the $4 million Levy has collected for campaign purposes, though he is not up for reelection in Suffolk until 2011.
Levy says, " I would be one guy who would turn the state upside down and inside out," which we would think has already been done, but Levy means in a good way: "I would run the state like our families balance their checkbooks, understanding that there must be a bottom line."
The Exec touts his budget-management record, though he is also known for his hard line on illegal immigrants; he has signed legislation to require verification of legal status for all employees in the county, and co-founded something called "Mayors And Executives for Immigration Reform."
This gives him much cred among very conservative New Yorkers ("Communists & Anarchists lash out at Steve Levy for stance on illegal immigrants"), who may blame the state's employment woes on low-paid foreigners. But it remains to be seen how many such people vote in Democratic primaries.
Levy also took a hand in last year's Albany Coup, threatening to sue on behalf of his county to establish a majority leader.
Could it be Levy is just trying to raise his profile, with some other purpose -- electoral or business -- in mind? We won't consider him serious about this until he shaves his mustache.