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Mangano still raising big cash even after winning re-election

Republican Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano has continued to aggressively fundraise, even after easily winning re-election against Democrat Thomas Suozzi in November.

Mangano’s latest Board of Elections campaign filing,  covering the period from Nov. 29, 2013 through Jan. 11, shows the county executive raised more than $233,000  from individuals, corporations and labor unions.

Among those contributing to Mangano were two county labor unions that stayed neutral during the county executive race. The Superior Officers Association and the Detectives Association each gave Mangano $2,500.

The Correction Officers Benevolent Association, which backed Suozzi, also gave Mangano $300.

Meanwhile, the Long Island Association, the region’s largest business group, gave Mangano $1,000; the Nassau Police Medic Association gave $300 and the Hicksville-based Fire Marshal Benevolent Association gave $600.

The largest single contributor was Rita Castagna, wife of real estate magnate Frank Castagna, who built the Americana Manhasset and Wheatley Plaza. She gave $10,000.

During the six-week period, Mangano also spent nearly $82,000 on consultants, printing, fundraisers, meals and salaries.

The county executive, who has said he is not focused on running for higher office, now has more than $151,000 in cash on hand. 

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