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Rick Brand is a longtime Newsday reporter who writes about politics and government on Long Island.

How did County Executive Steve Levy pay for that free clambake in Bayport last week for his new Republican allies?

The question arises because the state Board of Elections said last week that William McShane resigned as treasurer of Friends of Steve Levy on July 19, and of his Levy For New York gubernatorial committee a day later.

As of late Friday, no replacement was installed. And, state election rules say, no committee "may receive or spend funds until a new treasurer is chosen" and a form naming one filed.

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John Conklin, state board spokesman, said Levy's campaign was sent a letter July 26.

But, according to Levy spokesman Mark Smith, the county executive - in true Levy fashion - spent no money on the clambake, and that everything used there was an in-kind donation, to be listed in the next filings.

- Rick Brand