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Suffolk Dem Chairman Richard Schaffer hosts no-frills fundraiser

Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer hosted a

Suffolk County Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer hosted a no-frills fundraiser at Villa Lombardi's in Holbrook. Credit: James Escher

It was a no frills Suffolk Democratic spring dinner last week — no headliner, no ad-filled journal and everyone got out of the Villa Lombardi’s catering hall in Holbrook in about an hour.

Even County Executive Steve Bellone, MIA for last fall’s dinner, showed up and was introduced by Suffolk Democratic Chairman Richard Schaffer, but was not called up to speak.

And instead of a journal with pages of gold, silver and bronzed leafed pages of ads from contractor unions and those in patronage jobs, there were business cards at every seat on tables informing the party activists they can see the ads on the party website.

Schaffer aides said the event attracted 550 people and raised $450,000 for the county party.

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