HEMPSTEAD - The two Democrats vying to be the next executive of Nassau County each pushed to get their messages out in the final day before the primaries.

Tom Suozzi, the former executive who's hoping to take back his old job, and Adam Haber, a businessman and political newcomer, both spent their final hours looking for support at the same place: at a school dedication ceremony in Hempstead.

Haber, of East Hills, says he's banking on the fact that voters want a fresh start. "I'm not a career politician," Haber said. "I'm not doing this because I need a job. I clearly want the job because I want to add value to where I live. Tom [Suozzi] is a career politician and that's just the path he's taken."

Suozzi says he's worried about the path that Long Island is taking. "Long Island's in trouble," he said. "When I was growing up, this was the place to be. New York City was a joke. Now New York City's getting better and Long Island is starting to decline, especially in Nassau County. We're the ones who had their finances taken over."

The winner of tomorrow's Democratic primary will face Republican incumbent Ed Mangano in the November election.