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Curran continues to outraise Maragos in Nassau executive race

Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran and Nassau Comptroller

Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran and Nassau Comptroller George Maragos, Democratic candidates for Nassau County executive. Credit: Howard Schnapp; Ed Betz

Nassau Legis. Laura Curran continues to outraise and outspend County Comptroller George Maragos 11 days before they will square off in a Sept. 12 Democratic primary for Nassau County executive, according to reports filed Friday with the state Board of Elections.

Curran, a second-term county legislator from Baldwin who has the support of the Nassau Democratic Party, raised nearly $87,000 between Aug. 7 and Aug. 28, and has almost $370,000 on hand, filings show.

Top contributors to her campaign include Amedeo Gabrielli, vice president at Gabrielli Truck Sales in Hicksville, a county vendor who gave Curran $25,000. Bryan Lawrence, founder of Yorktown Partners, LLC, a Manhattan-based investment management company, gave $20,000 while Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City) gave Curran $10,000.

Curran has raised $1.11 million since announcing her candidacy in November, including more than $40,000 transferred from her legislative account.

Maragos, who is running as a Democrat after leaving the GOP last fall, raised $1,027, according to his filing. He has raised nearly $73,000 since entering the race last year. But Maragos has $1.23 million on hand after loaning his campaign $1.45 million.

“I am proud our message is resonating as we continue to broaden our base of support,” Curran said. “Nassau residents are ready to end the culture of corruption, and are excited about the real change my campaign is offering.”

Maragos criticized Curran for the contribution from Gabrielli, which records show has multiple county contracts.

“It would seem that Ms. Curran has outdone herself by selling out to [County Executive Edward] Mangano vendors in a desperate attempt to raise funds in order to cover her out of control spending,” he said. “She has already violated her own pledge and accepted $25,000 from one vendor.”

Curran has proposed capping vendor contributions to candidates for countywide office at $1,000. Curran spokesman Philip Shulman defended the contribution and said the legislator “is playing by the same rules as everyone else.”

Curran’s campaign reported spending nearly $164,000 in the recent cycle, largely for polling, mailings and staff wages, filings show. Curran also spent $14,000 for a TV ad that has yet to appear on air.

Maragos reported spending $46,000, largely for a TV ad that began airing this week.

Former state Sen. Jack Martins, the GOP nominee for county executive, does not have a primary opponent and did not have to report his campaign activity.

Mangano, a Republican facing trial on federal corruption charges, is not running for re-election. He has pleaded not guilty.

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