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Suffolk legislative minority leader John Kennedy Jr., a last-minute entry to the county comptroller's race, will hold his first fundraiser — a $250 a head event — Tuesday night at Windows on the Lake in Ronkonkoma.

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Kennedy is hoping the fete will draw 100 donors, and expects to raise enough money to show that he'll be a competitive candidate in the fall. He said invitations for the event went out July 28 and already he has received commitments from a number of unions to attend. Kennedy’s father, John Kennedy, was once head of the Nassau-Suffolk Building Trades Council.

Kennedy’s Democratic foe, James Gaughran, Suffolk Water Authority chairman and a former county legislator, has been in the race since April and last month reported raising $154,278, with $142,332 cash on hand. Of Gaughran's money, $25,000 came from the Suffolk Democratic Committee, $10,500 from unions and $7,700 from other Democratic officials.