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Hot Suffolk Senate race, by the numbers

In Long Island’s hottest state Senate race, freshman Democrat Brian Foley (D-Blue Point) has slightly more in his coffers than Republican challenger Lee Zeldin, but the Shirley lawyer raised twice the money in the last six months. The latest filings showed Foley with $111,932 on hand and $100,449 for Zeldin. For the six-month reporting period, Zeldin raised $142,208, and Foley, $64,221.

Detailed filings are available here.

Much of Foley’s money comes from party sources — $19,500 from the state and Suffolk Democratic committees. He received $5,000 apiece from top Senate leaders Malcolm Smith (D-Queens) John Sampson (D-Brooklyn) and $9,500 from Brookhaven’s Democratic highway superintendent, John Rouse.

Zeldin’s biggest donors include Christopher Cox ($9,500) and Randy Altschuler ($2,500), both congessional candidates, and GOP Sen. Martin Golden of Brooklyn ($2,000).

Elsewhere, Democratic newcomer Regina Calcaterra of New Suffolk raised $118,820 and has $106,045 on hand for her bid to challenge GOP state Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson).

LaValle has nearly twice as much on hand — $195,044 — but raised less, $73,343, in the past six months.

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Which was the most fevered lunge for self-promotion by a power player?

Rep. Michael Grimm saying he can continue to serve despite pleading guilty to felony tax fraud. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi calling on the GOP to push Grimm out. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declining to comment until he meets with Grimm.

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