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Senate: Maragos passes on Mangano borrowing bill, updated

As reported earlier today, Nassau Comptroller George Maragos has so far declined to take a position for or against County Executive Edward Mangano's effort to bypass his legislature and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority on certain borrowing.

“I think that's something the county executive and legislature and NIFA have to resolve before the comptroller's office gets involved,” Maragos said Thursday. His role as a second-year comptroller in the NIFA-controlled county comes up in his statewide campaign for Senate. The bill itself is given little chance of enactment at the Capitol.

On behalf of rival candidate Rep. Robert Turner, spokeswoman Jessica Proud sent us this statement today: “Leadership means taking firm stances on tough calls, even when you don't feel like it. Mr. Maragos swore an oath to Nassau voters to uphold the duties of his office. He has an obligation to make clear his position on this borrowing scheme.”

On behalf of rival candidate Wendy Long, spokesman David Catalfamo said: "Being a US Senator means taking difficult positions. If George Maragos won't take them now why should voters believe he will take them in Washington?

"Wendy Long means what she says and says what she means. Voters know that as their Senator she will have the guts to make the tough decisions that politicians like George shrink from."

The primary is a week from tomorrow.

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