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Funding battle for B'khaven highway post on an even grade
In Brookhaven’s battle for highway superintendent, Assemb. Dan Losquadro (R-Shoreham) and maverick GOP town board member Kathleen Walsh, who is running on the Democratic line, are neck and neck in fundraising.
So far, Losquadro has a slight edge, raising $78,455 to Walsh's $76,339, according to their mid-January and 32 day pre-election campaign finance reports.
But Losquadro has also spent more, leaving Walsh with $51,070 cash on hand, compared with $41,718 in the most recent report filed Friday with the state board of elections.
Losquadro’s biggest donors so far are Rosemar Realty Management LLC, which gave $5,000; Thomas Hespos of Holtsville, who gave $2,600; and GFC Realty in Bohemia and Intercounty Paving Associates in Hicksville, which gave $2,500 each.
Walsh’s biggest donors are Shamrock Acoustic Inc. of Centereach, Ground Level Construction Services Inc. of Bohemia, and Shore to Shore Properties in Medford. Each gave $1,000, as did the Long Island Federation of Labor, Association of Municipal Employees and Metallic Lathers Local 46. The political action committee of CSEA, where Walsh’s husband, William, is an official, gave Walsh $1,400.
Walsh also returned a $340 contribution from Louis McLean Associates, a consulting firm, as part of her pledge in a robo-call last week not to take donations from town highway vendors.