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Nassau County comptroller candidates George Maragos and Howard Weitzman each are claiming victory in their first debate Thursday night.

Maragos, the Republican incumbent, issued a news release Friday headlined “Maragos Triumphs in Debate Victory by Blowing Away Weitzman with Facts.”

Maragos said that “under all financial methods the county is better today than it was when” Weitzman, a Democrat, was in office from 2002-2009.

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Weitzman declared victory on his campaign website with the headline: “You’d Have to Be a CPA,” feeding off a Maragos reply to a question at the debate.

Maragos had been asked for his thoughts on Weitzman’s explanation of why — different accounting methods — the two men arrived at different county cash surplus figures. Maragos’ reply: “I hope you understood that [Weitzman’s] answer, because it’s very confusing. You’d have to be a CPA.” Weitzman is a CPA, while Maragos has a Masters in business administration focused on finance.

The debate at Molloy College in Rockville Centre was sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Nassau County.