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Singas, Murray release fundraising data for Nassau DA race

Nassau County district attorney candidates Madeline Singas and

Nassau County district attorney candidates Madeline Singas and Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray appear at a voters forum hosted by the Garden City Chamber of Commerce at the Garden City Hotel Sept. 30, 2015. Credit: Newsday / J. Conrad Williams Jr.

Acting Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas has nearly $482,000 on hand for the final month of the race for district attorney while her GOP opponent, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, has almost $211,000 available, according to campaign aides and state Board of Election reports filed Friday.

Singas, a Democrat, raised $229,190 between July 12 and Sept. 28 and has $481,551 in her coffers, according to campaign filings.

Murray raised $158,491 in that period and has $210,637 available for the final month of the race, said campaign spokesman Bill Corbett Jr.

The 32-day pre-general election filings, the first of the campaign, were due by midnight. Murray's campaign filing was not available Friday evening.

Murray will host a campaign fundraiser on Oct. 8 at the Milleridge Inn in Jericho. Corbett declined to say how much the campaign expects to raise.

"The supervisor is aggressively raising funds and the campaign is going very well," he said. "We are confident about upcoming major fundraisers that will significantly add to the campaign fund."

Murray's filing will cover the period from mid-July through late September because she did not face a primary opponent.

Singas filed several campaign finance reports before and after her Democratic primary on Sept. 10 against former Manhattan prosecutor Michael Scotto. Singas defeated Scotto last month by a nearly 3-1 margin.

"More than ever, voters want a career prosecutor, not a career politician, as their district attorney, and this strong filing reflects that," said Singas campaign spokesman Isaac Goldberg.

Since July 12, Singas has spent $543,542, reports show. In the most recent filing report, Singas reported $167,559 in expenditures, predominantly for television ads and mailings.

Murray spent $479,900 since mid-July, Corbett said. Details of Murray's spending were not available.

Singas received $15,000 from Democratic Party chairman Jay Jacobs and $1,000 from Adam Haber, a former Nassau County executive candidate who now serves as a member of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority, a state oversight board in control of the county's finances.

Singas also received $10,000 from the campaign of Rep. Kathleen Rice, her predecessor as Nassau district attorney. Singas was Rice's longtime chief deputy and took over the office after Rice was elected to Congress last year.

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