Mangano admonished for taking over-the-limit campaign contributions

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano delivered a blistering

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano delivered a blistering attack on Nassau County Democratic Chairman Jay Jacobs, saying Jacobs' criticisms of the minor party were "nothing more than petty politics at an absurd level from a failed leader who likes to bully people." Photo Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

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The state Board of Elections this week admonished Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano's campaign committee for receiving corporate contributions that exceeded legal limits and directed the committee to make sure the practice does not occur again.

The New York State Board of Elections also said that some spending by Mangano's committee and the Hicksville Republican Club was not sufficiently explained and referred the items to its audit unit to resolve within 60 days. The board did not specify what spending was documented inadequately.

Attorney John Ryan, representing the two committees, said, "over-contributions are always repaid," adding that the committees will supply "whatever information" the state needs.

The elections board was responding to three complaints filed by Nassau Democratic chairman Jay Jacobs since Sept. 2012. Jacobs alleged that Mangano's re-election committee had collected more than $80,000 in corporate contributions that were over legal limits and that both committees had not explained some lump-sum expenditures.

Jacobs also alleged that the Hicksville club, run by Mangano's Chief Deputy Rob Walker, was not an authorized party committee and thus was subject to limits on how much support it could provide Mangano.

The state board found the Hicksville club a party committee, which is permitted to make unlimited transfers of funds to party candidates.

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Under law, the state board is run by two Republicans and two Democrats, but one Democratic commissioner's spot is vacant. One of the two Republican Commissioners is Gregory Peterson, former Hempstead Presiding Supervisor and a partner in the Garden City law firm where Nassau Republican chairman Joseph Mondello is of counsel.

Jacobs said that because of its bipartisan makeup, "the state Board of Elections was never an entity that we viewed as one that would provide any consequences. But it was a requirement that under the law you have to file with the organization that has the first oversight. These complaints have gone to a variety of other agencies that are independent."

Jacobs' complaints also were sent to the state attorney general and members of the state Moreland Commission on public corruption.

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