Newsday broke the news last night (right in the middle of the State of the Union address) that former Democratic Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi has decided to seek a re-match against the Republican who ousted him in an upset election back in 2009, Ed Mangano.

Suozzi has since posted a campaign announcement on his re-launched website, in which he pledges to restore Nassau County to the “ideal suburb” he believes it used to be.

“We need to make Nassau County an attractive and affordable place to live once again,” Suozzi wrote in a statement on his website.

“For over three years Ed Mangano has presided over the decline of our County. I’ve seen the county taken over by a state agency. I’ve seen the county mismanaged from one man-made crisis after another and I’ve seen no one even talking about a vision for our future.”

“That’s why I am running for Nassau County Executive. We have to do better. We have to do better for our children, our grandchildren, and ourselves. And I know we can.”

Suozzi will be joining his long-time ally, Nassau County Democratic Chairman (and former state chair) Jay Jacobs, to discuss his candidacy at a noon press conference in Mineola today.

Jacobs had trouble recruiting a candidate to challenge Mangano, and even said at one point that he would run himself if no one else was willing to do so.

So far, retired Wall Street trader Adam Haber is the only Democrat to formally announce his candidacy against Mangano.

North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman announced recently he would be establishing a campaign committee to explore a run, too.

Nassau County Democrats have been trying to draft Suozzi into the race for some time, but until now, he has insisted he would not run.

Suozzi was once considered a rising star in the New York Democratic Party, even after his quixotic – and eventually failed – primary challenge to then-AG Eliot Spitzer in 2006.

He was often mentioned as a potential statewide contender, much to the reported consternation of Spitzer’s replacement (and governor-in-waiting) in the state AG’s office, Andrew Cuomo.

Suozzi got a lot of traction out of his “Fix Albany” campaign, which he launched shortly before his 2006 run and used to target incumbent state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

He talked about the need for property tax and Medicaid reform long before these were run-of-the-mill hot topics for New York elected officials.

Suozzi’s loss in 2009 to the little-known Mangano was a big surprise, but not to those who closely followed the race, who said he was disengaged and failed to heed internal polls that showed him in trouble as Election Day neared.

According to his Jan. 15 financial filing with the state Board of Elections, Suozzi is sitting on just over $1 million worth of campaign cash.

As of mid-January, Mangano had $2.3 million on hand.