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For the second time in 11 days, Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) — running in a newly-drawn district that now includes more of Nassau — will stand on Monday in alongside a countywide elected official as he and Democratic District Attorney Kathleen Rice announce efforts to protect the quality of seniors’ on-line pharmacy purchases.

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On July 27 he joined GOP County Executive Edward Mangano in Mineola promoting legislation that would allow Nassau and Suffolk to keep funds recovered in Medicaid prosecutions. Israel faces Republican Stephen Labate in November. Labate, like other GOP Congressional canidates, has been hammering away in his public statements at what he deems the failed Obama administration policies that Israel and other House Democrats have supported.

Samantha Slater, Israel's spokeswoman, noted that the earler Nassau announcement was to involve Suffolk's Democratic Executive Steve Bellone as well, but he could not participate due to a scheduling conflict. She said the legislation had been worked on for some time and also that Rice, with whom he's due for a press conference in Plainview, has worked closely with the Congressman before.