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Edward Mangano, Thomas Suozzi, Adam Haber all top $2M in campaign funds

Adam Haber, Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive,

Adam Haber, Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, greets commuters at the Long Island Rail Road station in Great Neck. (April 25, 2013) Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Democrat Thomas Suozzi each raised more than $1.5 million in the first six months of 2013, while Democrat Adam Haber loaned his campaign $1 million, according to state reports and campaign aides.

The fundraising brought each of the three county executive candidates' total to more than $2 million.

Mangano, a Bethpage Republican seeking a second term, raised $1.57 million from Jan. 12 through July 11 and has $2.5 million in cash on hand for the Nov. 5 general election, according to spokesman Brian Nevin.

Suozzi, who served as county executive from 2001-09 before losing to Mangano, raised more than $1.54 million -- with the bulk coming in the last 100 days, according State Board of Elections records. Suozzi, who had almost $1.1 million left from his unsuccessful 2009 campaign for county executive, has nearly $2.25 million in campaign funds.

Haber, a retired Wall Street trader and Roslyn school board member, lent his campaign $1 million -- on top of a $2 million personal loan last December -- and also raised nearly $137,000 in contributions, according to campaign filings. Haber has more than $2.6 million in campaign cash available.

Suozzi and Haber will compete in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, with the winner challenging Mangano.

Campaign filings were due with the State Board of Elections by midnight Monday.

Suozzi campaign manager Danny Kazin said the contributions are "a clear signal that [Suozzi's] vision to cut Nassau's debt, fix our finances, and create the ideal suburb of the future is resonating with Nassau residents."

Haber said his personal loans show he will not be beholden to special interests. "People are tired of the same old choices and are excited about a candidate from the outside willing to put some skin in the game," Haber said. "I'm in for whatever it takes to clean up Nassau County."

Said Nevin: "No money in the world can overcome the fact that both Tom Suozzi and Adam Haber hiked property taxes while Ed Mangano froze them his entire term."

Suozzi raised property taxes twice while county executive. The Roslyn school board, like most Long Island school boards, approved tax hikes while Haber was a member.

The county executive campaigns also spent sizable amounts, the reports show.

Mangano spent $1.36 million, primarily on television ads, taxi advertising and lawn signs, Nevin said. Haber, who has run television and radio ads criticizing Suozzi, spent more than $676,000, primarily on consulting, polls and staff salaries, records show. Suozzi, who has yet to release any ads or send out mailings, spent $389,000 on consultants, polling and staff, records said.

"Everyone knew this was going to be a big-money race," said Bohemia political consultant Mike Dawidziak, who works primarily with Republicans. "Between the primary and the general election, we may be looking at more than $4 million spent by each campaign."

Among Suozzi's biggest contributors were Cablevision, which gave $200,000 through four entities; Frank Castagna of Old Brookville, who gave $50,000; the Nassau Democratic Committee, $45,000; and Frank and Mildred Feinberg of Locust Valley, $25,000 each. Individual contributions to the other candidates were not available.Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, a Republican who is running for re-election, lent his campaign $1 million and raised nearly $67,000 in contributions and has $1.05 million on hand, records show.

Democrat Howard Weitzman, a former comptroller who lost to Maragos in 2009 and is seeking the post again, raised more than $244,000 and has nearly $392,000 available, the filings show.

Nassau District Attorney Kathleen Rice, a Democrat seeking a third term, raised $836,000 and has $2.94 million available. Campaign filings for Howard Sturim, Rice's Republican opponent, were not available.

In Suffolk, Democratic County Executive Steve Bellone will not face re-election for another two years, but still raised $444,913 in the first half of this year, while spending $312,147 -- with the largest single expenditures coming from fundraisers and the printing of political newsletters. He closed the period with $942,573 on hand.

District Attorney Thomas Spota, a Democrat running with Republican endorsement, raised $71,727 through June, spent $37,977 and has more than $650,000 on hand. Huntington lawyer Raymond Perini, who seeks to challenge Spota in a GOP primary, ended the period with a $126,240 war chest, he said.

Among the higher profile races for the Suffolk legislature is the 2nd District, where Legis. Jay Schneiderman (I-Montauk) took in $28,450, but was outraised by his GOP challenger, Southampton Town Board member Christopher Nuzzi, who collected $35,491.

In the 8th District, Democrat Bill Lindsay, son of the term-limited Presiding Officer William Lindsay (D-Holbrook), raised $82,589, more than four times the total of his Republican opponent, Anthony Musumeci, who took in $17,015.

And in the hotly contested Democratic primary for the 9th District, covering Brentwood and Central Islip, Legis. Rick Montano (D-Brentwood) raised $32,166 and spent $13,847 as he tries to stave off a challenge from school administrator Monica Martinez, the sister of a close Bellone ally. Martinez hadn't posted her disclosure forms by 5 p.m. Monday. With Paul LaRocco


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