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How did County Executive Steve Levy pay for last week’s free Bayport clambake for his newfound Republican allies since he has no campaign treasurer to officiallly write checks for the waterfront bash?

The state Board of Elections said last week that William McShane resigned as treasurer of Friends of Steve Levy July 19 and stepped down from Levy For New York, his gubernatorial committee, a day later. As of late Friday, no replacement had been installed.

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Without a treasurer, state election rules say no one in Levy’s campaign committees “may receive or spend funds until a new treasurer is chosen” and the form naming a new treasurer is filed. John Conklin, the board's Albany spokesman, said the state sent a letter to the Levy campaign July 26.

However, Mark Smith, Levy spokesman, said in true Levy fashion he spent no money on the event and and everything used at the clambake was an in-kind donation. He said those contributions will be listed in their next campaign filing.