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Curran holds fundraising edge over Martins in Nassau exec race

Nassau County executive candidates, Republican Jack Martins and

Nassau County executive candidates, Republican Jack Martins and Democrat Laura Curran, seen here on Sept. 19, 2017. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Legis. Laura Curran, the Democratic candidate for Nassau County executive, has a fundraising edge over Republican opponent Jack Martins as the race enters its final month, according to new campaign finance reports.

The reports, which were filed Friday and cover campaign activity through Oct. 2, show Curran, a second-term legislator from Baldwin, has $362,168 available to spend through Election Day on Nov. 7.

Martins, a former state senator from Old Westbury, has $325,272 available.

The filings are the first for Martins since July because he did not have a GOP primary opponent. Curran, who defeated County Comptroller George Maragos in the Sept. 12 Democratic primary, last filed a campaign report Sept. 22.

Since July, Martins has raised roughly $533,915.

During that same period, Curran has raised $585,339, including more than $40,000 transferred from her legislative account.

In her most recent campaign filing, which covers a roughly two-week period, Curran reported $290,464 in contributions — much of it from a fundraiser in Woodbury Thursday with Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.

“I am honored to have the support of so many Nassau taxpayers who are ready for someone to chart a new path forward for Nassau County,” Curran said in a statement.

Martins campaign spokesman Mollie Fullington said that ”with a month to go, Jack Martins has all the energy and enthusiasm on his side.”

Among the top contributors in Curran’s most recent filing was Haughland Energy Group, a Plainview company that has a contract with the county’s Department of Public Works to build a wall and flood protection berm around the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.

Haughland gave Curran, who has proposed a $1,000 cap on contributions by county contractors and their principals, a total of $10,000. Campaign spokesman Philip Shulman said Curran is “playing by the rules that are in place for everyone.”

Martins’ biggest contributor was Lawrence Kadish, founder and president of the Museum of American Armor in Old Bethpage, who gave $43,000.

Since launching her candidacy in November, Curran has raised $1.55 million while Martins, who announced his run for county executive in April, has brought in about $873,000.

Curran’s campaign spent $222,212 in the most recent cycle, and just over $800,000 since July, largely for TV ads, polling and staff wages, records show. Martins has spent $547,595 since July, largely on TV ads and consultants.

County Executive Edward Mangano, a Republican who has pleaded not guilty to federal corruption charges, is not seeking a third term.

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