Mangano, Haber have $2M each on hand for campaign

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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and his only announced opponent, Democrat Adam Haber, each have more than $2 million in their campaign funds, according to new campaign finance reports.

New York State Board of Elections records show Mangano, a Republican, raised $826,000 for his re-election during the final six months of 2012 and now has more than $2.3 million in cash on hand.

Haber, the only Democrat to declare his candidacy against Mangano, has $2.19 million, based in large part on a $2 million personal loan. A restaurateur and retired Wall Street trader, Haber also raised $252,000 in individual contributions. Haber, a member of the Roslyn school board since 2009, said he will match contributions dollar for dollar for the foreseeable future.

Spokesman Brian Nevin said Mangano's "campaign finances indicate broad support from citizens and the Long Island business community, which support his policies of reducing the size of government, cutting spending, creating jobs and not raising property taxes."

But Haber, of East Hills, said "voters are tired of the political dysfunction and lack of leadership in Mineola. Today's filing clearly shows that I will have the resources to bring my message of fiscal responsibility and government reform to every corner of Nassau County."

Haber's contributors included fellow school board members and the campaign committee for Assemb. Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck).

Mangano received funds from businesses including the Plainview development firm Renaissance Downtowns. Mangano has chosen chief executive Donald Monti as master developer of the Nassau Hub. The firm contributed $1,000 on Nov. 15, five days before Mangano selected Monti, and $2,000 a month later.

Nevin and Monti spokesman Brandon Palanker each said the contributions were unrelated to the master developer selection. Palanker said Monti backs candidates "who support responsible economic development."

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Kristian Agoglia, president of Looks Great Services in Huntington, which is slated to receive more than $40 million from Nassau to clean up tree damage caused by superstorm Sandy, gave Mangano $16,500.

Nevin said the firm's contract was signed in 2009 under then-County Executive Thomas Suozzi, and that Looks Great was chosen from a list of four firms approved to handle debris removal for the county. Agoglia did not return calls for comment.

Suozzi collected no contributions in the second half of 2012 but has almost $1.1 million from his 2009 campaign account. Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs is lobbying him to challenge Mangano to a rematch of their 2009 race. Suozzi, who declined to comment Wednesday on his campaign filings, has said he is not a candidate in the November election.

Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who is considering a run for county executive or county comptroller, collected nearly $79,000 in the second half of 2012, including a $7,000 personal loan, and has $102,000 on hand.

"If and when I declare for county executive, I expect to raise much more," he said.

Comptroller George Maragos, a Republican who is running for re-election, raised nothing in the past six months and has nearly $39,000 in cash on hand. Maragos said he expects to host his first fundraiser next month, "but if I come up short anywhere, I'll personally fund what is needed." Democrat Howard Weitzman, who was comptroller from 2001-2009 before losing to Maragos and is seeking the post again, loaned his campaign $110,000 but raised no other money. He has $258,000 on hand.Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice raised $650,000 in the past six months for her re-election and now has $2.38 million in her campaign account.

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