Mangano, Suozzi donors include unions, law, real estate firms

Newsday endorses former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi Newsday endorses former Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi for the Sept. 10 Democratic primary. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

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The top contributors to County Executive Edward Mangano and Democrat Thomas Suozzi during the first six months of 2013 include real estate companies, law firms and labor unions, while Democrat Adam Haber is largely financing his own campaign, according to campaign finance records released this week.

Frank Castagna, a Manhasset real estate developer, was Mangano's biggest donor with $35,000. Debbie and Sean Acosta, who runs a Jericho tax refund company, together gave $35,000, and GFC Realty of Bohemia gave Mangano, who is seeking a second term, nearly $26,000.

The top donors to Suozzi, a former county executive who lost to Mangano in 2009, were Cablevision, which gave $200,000 through four entities; Castagna, who gave $50,000; and the Nassau Democratic Committee, $45,000. Cablevision also gave Mangano $11,000.

"Like many leading New York companies, Cablevision has a long history of participating in the political process and has supported candidates on both sides of the aisle," said Cablevision spokesman Charles Schueler. "That includes both Mr. Suozzi and Mr. Mangano."

Castagna, who owns Castagna Realty, which helped build North Shore University Hospital and the Nassau Coliseum, said he supported Suozzi and Mangano. "They're both good men, and either one will represent the people well," he said.

Between Jan. 12 and July 11, Mangano raised $1.57 million, according to reports filed with the State Board of Elections. He has $2.5 million in cash on hand. Suozzi raised $1.54 million and has nearly $2.25 million available. Haber, a retired Wall Street trader, raised nearly $137,000 and loaned his campaign $1 million. Haber has more than $2.6 million on hand.

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Suozzi got $847,000 from individuals and partnerships, and $638,000 from corporations, political committees, unions, advocacy groups and limited liability companies. Mangano received $753,000 from individuals and $713,000 from corporations and other groups. Haber received $95,000 from individuals and $24,600 from corporations and other groups.

Suozzi and Haber will compete in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, with the winner challenging Mangano.

Suozzi and Mangano received significant contributions from labor groups. Local 1199 SEIU gave Suozzi $18,000, while Mangano received $5,000 from the New York City District Council of Carpenters.

Contributors to Suozzi include Sterling Equities, which owns the New York Mets ($25,000); former Nassau police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey ($100); James Watson, chancellor emeritus of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, who helped decipher the configuration of DNA ($5,000); and political consultant Harold Ickes ($500).

Contributors to Mangano include Armand D'Amato, brother of former GOP Sen. Alfonse D'Amato ($125); New York City Republican mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis ($5,000); former GOP county executive Thomas Gulotta ($10,000); and Gary Melius, owner of Oheka Castle in Huntington ($5,000).

Haber received more than $1,250 from members of the Roslyn School Board, where he is a member; and $25,000 from Vincent Viola, the head of a Manhattan trading firm where he previously worked.

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