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The hotly contested special election for Brookhaven highway superintendent wound up costing all sides at least $623,000 or nearly $24 for each vote cast, according to campaign reports filed at the state Board of Elections.
While Republican Assemb. Dan Losquadro won the election, final tallies shows that Democrats outspent Republicans $347,320 to $276,290, according to the 27-day post election filing.
However, one group involved in the race, Friends of Brookhaven Highway, which did campaign mailings attacking the Democrats’ candidate Kathleen Walsh, has failed to file reports showing any spending even though it is registered as a campaign committee with the state election board.
The filings show that Losquadro’s campaign committee spent $162,379 and has $6,324 left for when he has to run for re-election this fall. While town GOP pre-primary committee Committee to Elect a Republican Majority, spent $113,811.
The Suffolk Democratic committee, along with the Babylon and Brookhaven Town committees, hoping to capitalize on backlash from the blizzard, spent $248,417, while Walsh, GOP town board member who has changed her registration to the Independence Party, spent $98,913. She has $7,653 left to wage her re-election campaign for the town board.
Richard Schaffer, Suffolk Democratic chairman said that state elections officials should follow up to make sure Friends of Brookhaven Highway file the reports on their spending.
“All committees must follow the law. If this committee did not file a report, I’d urge the Board of Elections to take action.” Jesse Garcia, Brookhaven GOP chairman, who said he has no knowledge of the Friends of Brookhaven Highway or their campaign spending.
The filings also show that Schaffer made a big personal bet on Walsh’s chances loaning the county committee an additional $90,000 on Feb. 25, over the $50,000 he fronted the party late last year for the winning campaign of new Legis. Al Krupski. Schaffer said the loan was to help the party’s cash flow during the two special elections.