Thomas Suozzi campaign account reports $1.16M

Nassau County Executive candidate Tom Suozzi is joined

Nassau County Executive candidate Tom Suozzi is joined by local officials and community leaders as he unveils his plans to increase quality of life for all of Nassau County's communities at MLK Memorial Peace Park in Uniondale. (Sept. 18, 2013) (Credit: Barry Sloan)

Nassau County executive candidate Thomas Suozzi has $1.16 million in his campaign account as he gears up for a Nov. 5 rematch with GOP County Executive Edward Mangano, according to state Board of Elections filings released Friday.

Suozzi, a former two-term county executive who lost to Mangano in 2009, spent more than $624,000 in the final two weeks of the Democratic primary against businessman Adam Haber and in the first six days of the general election race, records show.

Most of Suozzi's spending went for media consultants for television ad buys and for polling, according to the filings, which cover the period of Aug. 27 through Monday. Suozzi won the Sept. 10 primary.

During that period, Suozzi raised $151,385, including $94,000 from individual contributors and $8,500 from organized labor, records show.

Mangano, who did not face a primary opponent, had $2.46 million in campaign cash, according to his most recent state filing in July.

Spokesman Brian Nevin said he did not have an updated accounting of how much remains in Mangano's campaign account.

The state filings show that Haber, who lost to Suozzi by 6,322 votes, spent more than $543,000 in the final two weeks of the campaign while raising $1,770 in contributions.

Haber, of East Hills, ended the campaign with $1.52 million in his campaign account. State election law permits Haber to be reimbursed the remaining balance because he lent his campaign $3 million.

Spokesman Galen Alexander said Haber was "exploring his options" on what to do with the money. Haber endorsed Suozzi earlier this week.

Haber, a retired Wall Street trader and Roslyn school board member, spent $1.87 million during his nearly yearlong quest to become county executive -- $129 for each of the 14,556 votes he received -- the filings show. Those votes include machine ballots, along with absentee, affidavit and emergency paper ballots that were counted after primary day.

Suozzi, who announced his candidacy in February, spent $1.89 million during the primary, or $90 for each of the 20,878 votes he received.

Less than 10 percent of registered Democrats cast ballots in last week's primary.

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