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State Sen. Tom Croci is attacking his Democratic opponent, John De Vito, for failing to file his Oct. 28 campaign finance report on time.

Christine Geed, Croci’s spokeswoman, said it was “a disturbing signal” that De Vito “blatantly disregarded the laws” on disclosing campaign finance records.

Saying De Vito has “close ties to New York City politicians and Mayor Bill de Blasio, Geed added, “We can’t afford NYC influenced politicians representing Long Islanders in Albany. The last time we made that mistake, we got the MTA commuter tax, and billions of dollars in taxes on Long Islanders.”

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De Vito said he filed electronically before the deadline and said he does not know why his report was not online. To be safe, he said aides sent the report again to Albany Monday afternoon but could not get through to confirm the receipt.

“The only candidate that voters should raise questions about the lack of transparency is Tom Croci,” said De Vito, who said “three-quarters” of Croci’s campaign contributions this month “came from corporate political action committees and limited liability” companies.

De Vito added: “I’m glad we both agree that the state should not be run by Bill de Blasio.”

Aides said that De Vito has raised $8,515 since the 32-day pre-election filing, spent $15,806 and has $31,179 on hand for the remainder of the campaign.

Croci’s filing shows that he raised $30,050 in the past three weeks, spent $98,549 and has $47,860 on hand.