A state oversight agency has referred a Democratic complaint accusing the Nassau Industrial Development Agency of illegally promoting the re-election of Republican County Executive Edward Mangano to New York's attorney general and state comptroller.
David Kidera, director of the state's Authorities Budget Office, which oversees state authorities, emailed Democrats last week, "Based on our reading of the complaint, you appear to be raising constitutional and election law questions as well as a failure by the IDA to adhere to opinions issued by the State Comptroller regarding the proper use of IDA funds." Accordingly, he wrote, his office had contacted both Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.
"Given the issues, we have other agencies that are more appropriate to look into this matter than us," Kidera said Wednesday.
Brian Butry, a DiNapoli spokesman, said the comptroller's office had received the complaint "and it's under review." Schneiderman's office did not return a call for comment.
IDA director Joseph Kearney said he had not received any correspondence from any state agency. "We are confident that the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency consistently acted, at all times, in accordance with all applicable statutory and regulatory authorities," he said.
Democrats in early October complained the IDA, which is supposed to be independent of county government, had diverted money it collects from companies it assists to pay for "campaign-style" commercials on Mangano's behalf. The commercials, which stopped airing in early September, featured principals of several companies saying they had moved to Nassau or expanded "thanks to the Nassau IDA and County Executive Ed Mangano."