Dems spending big on Westchester, not LI Senate races

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Democrats have been sending money into Senate races in Westchester County and Queens. Long Island? Not so much.

Democrats have spent just $28,000 on Rick Montano, who is running for an open seat in Suffolk County, according to state Board of Elections records filed Friday. Republicans have spent $440,000 their candidate, Assemb. Philip Boyle (R-Bay Shore).

And Democrats have spent just $15,000 on Ryan Cronin who is taking on Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City). Republicans committees haven’t come to Hannon’s aid -- perhaps because he had $524,000 in his own campaign committee as of the beginning of October.

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In contrast, Democrats have spent more heavily in the Hudson Valley. They’ve forked over $200,000 on behalf of Assemb. George Latimer (D-Rye) in his contest against Bob Cohen for an open seat in southern Westchester.

They’ve also spent $114,000 on behalf of Justin Wagner who is taking on incumbent Sen. Greg Ball (R-Patterson) in a Westchester-Putnam-Dutchess race.

That’s not even close to what various Republican committees have spent in these races -- but the spending may give an indication of where Democrats think their best chances are.

By comparison, various GOP committees have spent $1.4 million on Cohen’s behalf, $671,000 on Ball. This doesn’t include money the candidates own committees have spent.

Elsewhere in the state Democrats have spent:

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$525,000 on Ted O’Brien, running against Republican Assemb. Sean Hanna in an open seat in Greater Rochester. The GOP has spent $1.8 million on Hanna.

$208,000 on Cecilia Tkaczyk, running in a newly created Catskills-Capital Region district. The GOP has spent $510,000 on Assemb. George Amedore.

$190,000 on Sen. Joe Addabbo (D-Ozone Park), who is locked in a battle with Eric Ulrich  --  whom Republicans have spent $1.2 million on.

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