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Anthony Eramo leads Jeff Toback in fundraising in Assembly race

Anthony Eramo poses for a portrait at City

Anthony Eramo poses for a portrait at City Hall on Wednesday, August 18, 2015. Credit: James Escher

Long Beach City Councilman Anthony Eramo is leading former Nassau County Legis. Jeff Toback in fundraising in advance of the Democratic primary in the vacant 20th Assembly district, according to new State Board of Election campaign filings.

The 32-day pre-primary campaign filings cover the period from July 12 through Aug. 8. The primary is Sept. 13.

Eramo, a two-term councilman who is backed by the Nassau Democratic Committee, raised $30,550, spent $982 and has $133,558 on hand. In July he transferred $18,632 from his Long Beach account.

Toback, a Long Beach attorney who served five terms in the legislature, raised $5,453, spent $3,406 and has $23,101 available, filings show.

“We are so proud that we have received support from all over the South Shore and across the state for Anthony’s positive, progressive campaign,” said Eramo spokesman Matthew Rey.

“We will have enough money to get our message out to primary voters,” said Toback, who is planning more fundraisers in the coming weeks.

Eramo, who works as a Verizon field technician and is the chief steward of Communications Workers of America Local 1106, received $26,700 in labor contributions, including $8,300 from the CWA.

Toback’s contributors include the Nassau County Police Benevolent Association, which gave him $3,900.

Eramo and Toback are vying to succeed Democrat Todd Kaminsky, who vacated the seat after he was elected to the State Senate in April. The primary winner will take on Republican Missy Miller, an Atlantic Beach disability advocate.

In the Democratic primary in the 18th Assembly District, challenger Carmen Piñeyro, a Freeport Village Trustee, raised $4,970, spent $15,131 and has $45,306 available, according to her campaign report. Piñeyro’s cash on hand includes $25,709 that she transferred from previous runs for office.

Assemb. Earlene Hooper (D-Hempstead), the deputy speaker, has not yet submitted her 32-day pre-primary filing in the 18th district race, according to State Board of Elections spokesman Thomas Connolly.

In her filing for the period Jan. 12-July 11 — which she submitted to the board last week, nearly a month late —

Hooper reported that she had $9,957 available in her campaign account. She raised $9,025 and spent $5,412.

The winner of the primary will take on Republican Cornelius Todd Smith, who lost to Hooper in 2014.

Calls to Hooper’s campaign treasurer were not returned.

With Sid Cassese


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