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Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone has raised $949,953 since January as he seeks re-election, campaign officials said Wednesday.

Republican county executive nominee James O'Connor said he will report having raised $60,000 to $70,000 since receiving the GOP nomination in late May.

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Campaign finance reports for the period Jan. 12 to July 11 were due Wednesday.

Bellone has $2 million in cash on hand for the Nov. 3 election after spending $352,091 in the past six months, his campaign said.

O'Connor, a partner at a Manhattan  law firm and a former North Hempstead Town board member who now lives in Great River, said he had never expected to match Bellone's fundraising.

"Regardless of how much money he [Bellone] has, he'll never deceive people on his terrible record," O'Connor said. O'Connor cited the county's budget deficit and sales tax receipts that fell short of county expectations.

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Bellone campaign manager Keith Davies said Bellone has made government more efficient, protecting water quality and keeping the county under the state tax cap. "This strong filing is a testament to Steve Bellone's strong support across Suffolk County," he said.

Suffolk Democrats and Republicans, meanwhile, are fighting over control of the county legislature. Democrats hold a 12-6 majority but Republicans see a path to control if they unseat vulnerable incumbents.

The Suffolk County Democratic Committee raised $549,000 during the reporting period and spent $439,000, according to its campaign finance filing. The county committee had a closing balance of $209,665.

County Democrats plan to run a coordinated campaign for legislature with a political action committee formed by Presiding Officer DuWayne Gregory (D-Amityville), Suffolk Democratic chairman Richard Schaffer said.

"We're very happy with where we are at and are on pace with where we expect to be in the fall," Schaffer said.

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The most competitive legislative race is expected to be between Legis. Kevin McCaffrey (R-Lindenhurst), the minority leader, and Democrat Tim Sini, an assistant Suffolk deputy county executive.

Sini will report having $45,000 cash on hand, raising $47,000 and spending about $1,500. McCaffrey's report was not immediately available.

McCaffrey said Republicans were in the process of forming a political action committee for legislative races.

Republican County chairman John Jay LaValle did not respond to requests for comment.