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GOP spends $1.5 million on three swing Island seats

Republican candidates spent more than $1.5 million over the past three months to try to win three seats on Long Island that are considered essential to controlling the state Senate, far outpacing Democrats, records show.

In their bid to defend swing seats in Nassau and Suffolk counties, state- and county-level Republican fundraising committees are stepping on the gas pedal. Records show they...

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Nassau Democrats accuse GOP of bending rules for Venditto

Michael Venditto, Republican candidate for the State Senate

(Credit: James Escher)

Nassau Democratic lawmakers Wednesday complained that the Republican-controlled county legislature did not put next year’s proposed $2.9 billion budget before the Finance Committee as a way to protect State Senate candidate Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massadequa) from voting on the spending plan that would raise property taxes by more than 3 percent.

“This is obviously an attempt...

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