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David Mejias, Democratic candidate for state Senate, is slamming incumbent Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City) for opposing that $1-per-hour pay raise for Nassau health-care workers.

In the letter, posted by Mejias here and dated July 15, Hannon told County Executive Edward Mangano “At a time when family budgets are already stretched thin, and the state is facing an overwhelming deficit, it would devastate and already overwhelment industry.”

Mejias denounced Hannon’s position this way, in a release:

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A guy who has an extra $60,000 to loan his campaign telling workers they don’t deserve a $1 an hour raise is outrageous,” said Mejias, referring to Hannon’s personal loan to his re-election campaign. “34 years in Albany has made Kemp Hannon quite comfortable, and he obviously doesn’t care what it’s like to try to feed a family on $20,000 a year.”

Hannon’s letter could be explained by the $19,500 in campaign contributions he has received from the Health Care Providers PAC since 2005. After the representatives from health care providers industry failed to provide evidence that the pay raise would hurt health care providers, an attempt to block the raise was unanimously rejected by the Nassau County Legislature on July 26.

“Hannon’s position is so extreme that even his own Republican party refused to support it,” said Mejias.