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Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano’s campaign committee has purchased a nearly $600,000 television advertisement buy reminding voters – seven months before the November election -- that he has not raised county property taxes.
The 30-second ads began airing Monday on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, News 12, Food Network, Bravo, HGTV, ESPN, TNT and USA and will continue for the next six weeks, said Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin.
The total cost of the ad buys, which were paid for by Friends of Ed Mangano, the county executive’s campaign committee, is $582,000.
“Supporters want to thank Ed Mangano for freezing property taxes for the past three years,” Nevin said in a statement.
The advertisement, titled “Not One Dime,” opens with a man thanking Mangano “for holding the line on property taxes three years running. While other taxes have gone though the roof, the county tax levies have not gone up one dime. Keep it up Ed.”
The segment closes with a narrator stating “Ed Mangano: protecting taxpayers.”
A second 15-second segment opens with a couple at a kitchen table.
“Thank you Ed Mangano for passing three consecutive budgets without raising county property taxes,” said the male actor.
“Staying way below Governor Cuomo’s two percent property tax cap,” adds the female.
“When’s the last time somebody did that?,” asks the man.
The ad closes with the narrator stating “Three straight budgets. No new taxes” and the female stating “Keep it going Ed.”
The advertisement does not mention the county executive race, in which Mangano is running for re-election in November.
Former County Executive Tom Suozzi and Roslyn School Board member Adam Haber, the two Democrats vying to challenge Mangano, both pounced on the Mangano advertisement.
“No commercial can disguise Mangano’s mismanagement and perpetual borrowing which have destroyed Nassau’s reputation and saddled Nassau’s taxpayers with debt for decades to come,” said Suozzi campaign manager Danny Kazin
Haber campaign manager Justin Myers said: “Mangano says he held the line on property taxes, but what about all the new service fees he forced onto Nassau families and the failed assessment system he is trying to push onto our already cash-strapped schools? Whether it’s Mangano or Suozzi, we’ve seen this before: political insiders who offer up false long term planning and pass-the-buck solutions that hurt middle class families and don’t solve our problems. Nassau deserves better.”