Philip Boyle, Rick Montano tied in campaign cash race

Republican Philip Boyle, left, and Democrat Rick Montano, Republican Philip Boyle, left, and Democrat Rick Montano, right, are running for a seat in the 4th State Senate District. Photo Credit: Barry Sloan/James Escher

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Assemb. Phil Boyle pulled in donations from realty interests and fellow Republicans as he racked up a 5-1 fundraising advantage over Democratic Suffolk County Legis. Ricardo Montano in the race for the only open state Senate seat on Long Island, records show.

Yet with a month to go, the candidates have an almost equal amount of money on hand, according to state campaign filings that were due Friday.

In another key race, state Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) has more than $500,000 in the bank for his re-election compared with his opponent, Democrat Ryan Cronin, who has $80,000.

Boyle, of Bay Shore, and Montano, of Brentwood, are vying to replace retiring state Sen. Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon). It is one of eight contests statewide, along with the Hannon-Cronin race, that will determine which party controls the chamber. Republicans hold a 33-29 edge.

Records show that Boyle has raised a total of $373,000 since July 15. Montano raised about $72,000 during that period.

At least $150,000 of Boyle's contributions came from developers and real-estate interests. Boyle's biggest donors were companies controlled by real estate mogul Leonard Litwin and Glenwood Management. The companies provided a total of $110,000.

Other big donors include developer Tishman Speyer ($10,300), companies controlled by developer Jack Resnick and Sons ($10,300) and Housing NY PAC ($9,000), a realty-backed political action committee.

Boyle received $17,000 from Republican senators, including $10,000 from Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos' (R-Rockville Centre) political action committee. The Senate Republican Campaign Committee has given Boyle $130,000 and spent another $90,000 on his behalf.

Montano's largest donations came from unions: $10,000 from the Association of Municipal Employees and $4,300 from New York State United Teachers.

Earlier this year, he received $48,000 in loans, some from family members.

Boyle has $140,000 in his campaign coffers; Montano has $110,000.

"We expected to be outspent," Montano said. "But we are putting together an effective ground operation. . . . We didn't want to expend our funds too early in the campaign."

Boyle said he expects to raise at least $500,000 for the campaign -- in addition to whatever help Senate Republicans provide.

The records also show that Hannon began the summer with a $600,000 stockpile from previous campaigns. He raised $69,000 since July. About $20,000 of that is from health-related interests, included physicians' and hospitals' groups. Hannon is chairman of the Senate Health Committee.

Hannon has $525,000 available. Cronin, also of Garden City, has raised about $130,000 since launching his campaign and has $79,000 for the home stretch.

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