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Curran, Martins keep pace in fundraising in final report

Nassau County Executive candidates republican Jack Martins and

Nassau County Executive candidates republican Jack Martins and democrat Laura Curran at the debate hosted by the LIA at Crest Hollow country club on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 in Woodbury. Credit: Howard Schnapp

Nassau County executive candidates Laura Curran, a Democrat from Baldwin, and Jack Martins, a Republican from Old Westbury, are running neck-in-neck in fundraising in the final days of the campaign, according to new campaign finance reports.

During the 20-day filing period, Curran raised $671,438 and Martins raised $626,500. The filings, the last of the campaign, were released Friday, and cover campaign activity from Oct. 3 through Oct. 23.

But with 11 days remaining before voters head to the polls, Martins has more than double the amount of cash on hand. The documents show Martins, a former state senator and Mineola mayor, has $482,228 on hand. Curran, a second-term Nassau County legislator, has $210,454 available.

Since she began her campaign last November, Curran has brought in more than $2.22 million. Martins, who announced his candidacy in April, has raised roughly $1.5 million.

“My campaign has all the momentum because Nassau taxpayers trust that I am the only candidate who will end the culture of corruption and mismanagement and give our county the fresh start it deserves,” Curran said in a statement. “I am honored to have such a broad base of support, and look forward to working with our residents to finally create a government that works for them, not just the elected and the connected.”

Martins campaign manager E. O’Brien Murray said: “With 11 days to go, momentum around Jack Martins’ candidacy for county executive continues to build. The closer we get to Election Day the more voters are getting to know Jack and understand that they have a clear choice: he is the candidate with the integrity, experience and ability to lead Nassau County forward.”

During the most recent 20-day filing period, Curran’s total included $50,000 transferred from the Nassau Democratic Committee. Jay Jacobs, the committee’s chairman, also gave Curran a personal contribution of $44,000, records show.

Among other top contributors were Christopher Dey of Oyster Bay, who runs a sports and entertainment marketing company, and Manhattan artist Betsy Lawrence, both of whom gave $25,000. The political action committees of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Democratic Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone each gave her $10,000.

Top contributors to Martins were Miracle-Gro chief executive James Hagedorn, who gave $40,000, and the Nassau Police Benevolent Association, which contributed $37,500.

The political action committees of Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-East Northport) and former Nassau County Executive Thomas Gulotta each gave Martins $10,000.

Curran’s campaign spent more than $823,000 in the most recent election cycle, primarily on TV ads, polling and staff wages, and more than $1.6 million during the entire campaign.

Martins spent nearly $470,000 during the most recent cycle on ads, mailers and wages, records show, and just over $1 million since launching the campaign.

11-day campaign finance filings

Money raised from Oct. 3-23

Democrat Laura Curran — $671,438

Republican Jack Martins — $626,500.

Cash on hand

Curran — $210,454

Martins — $482,228

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