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In Nassau comptroller race Maragos, Weitzman trade barbs

Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos officially launched his re-election campaign this week, prompting an immediate war of words with his once and future Democratic opponent, Howard Weitzman.

Maragos announced his candidacy on Wednesday at a fundraiser at Chateau Briand in Carle Place attended by more than 200 people, campaign officials said.

The comptroller cited his record of helping cut waste and fraud, reducing borrowing and helping Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano hold the line on property taxes for three consecutive years.

Maragos said his agenda for the next four years included boosting private sector job growth, improving public transportation and renovating the Nassau Coliseum and its surrounding property.

But, Weitzman, a former comptroller who lost to Maragos in 2009 and who is running for his old seat, “welcomed” the comptroller to the race by citing his recent unsuccessful bid for the U.S. Senate.

“While Nassau County’s residents are now accustomed to George Maragos launching a new campaign, it is time that the county has a full-time comptroller who will pay attention to the critical condition of the county’s finances,” Weitzman said in a news release.

But, Maragos claims it was Weitzman and former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi who left behind a $250 million structural deficit, depleted the county's reserves and failed to repair the assessment system.

Suozzi will challenge businessman Adam Haber in a Democratic primary for county executive.

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