Campaign filings: Mangano, Suozzi each have $1 million

The central question in the race between Tom

The central question in the race between Tom Suozzi and Edward Mangano is what to do about the county's tenuous finances. (Credit: Howard Schnapp)

Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has $1.15 million in his campaign coffers while Democratic opponent Thomas Suozzi has $989,000 on hand as the race enters its final month, according to state Board of Elections filings released Friday.

Mangano's filings cover the period from July 12 through Sept. 30 and are his first campaign disclosures in nearly three months. Unlike Suozzi, Mangano did not face a primary opponent.

Mangano began the period with $2.4 million available and received more than $792,000 in campaign contributions, including $10,000 from John Catsimatidis, who was defeated in last month's GOP primary for New York City mayor; $10,000 from former GOP Sen. Alfonse D'Amato; and $500 from the Nassau Superior Officers Association.

The Nassau County Republican Committee gave Mangano $100,000, the Town of Hempstead Republican Committee contributed more than $190,000 and the North Valley Stream Republican Committee gave $10,500.

Mangano's campaign also spent more than $2 million, primarily on TV advertisements, taxicab ads, billboards at Long Island Rail Road stations and campaign consultants.

Suozzi's filings cover the period from Sept. 17 through Sept. 30. He filed regular campaign disclosures during the Democratic primary in which he defeated businessman Adam Haber.

Suozzi, a former two-term county executive who lost to Mangano in 2009, began the period with $1.16 million in his campaign account.

He raised an additional $293,000 including $1,500 from political leader Basil Paterson, the father of former Gov. David A. Paterson, and $2,500 from the Westbury Manor catering hall. Haber criticized Suozzi during the primary for representing catering hall owners who are embroiled in lawsuits with their servers over the nonpayment of fees. Suozzi has said the catering halls did not take advantage of their staffs.

Since July 12, a period that includes the primary and general election campaign, Suozzi has raised a total of $712,577.

Suozzi's campaign also spent more than $368,000 during the two-week span, primarily on television advertising, fundraising and consultants. His campaign also transferred $100,000 out to the Nassau Democratic Committee.

A campaign filing was not available for former Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick, who is seeking to run a third-party campaign for county executive on the new "We Count" line.

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