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Curran outraises Maragos in primary for Nassau executive

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 is outraising county Comptroller George Maragos a month before they will square off in a Democratic primary for Nassau County executive, according to reports filed Friday with the state Board of Elections.

Curran, a second-term legislator from Baldwin who has the support of the county Democratic Party, raised $57,410 between July 13 and Aug. 7, including a $10,000 transfer from the Town of Oyster Bay Democratic Committee, and has $445,492 in cash on hand, filings show.

Curran has raised just over $1 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 Republican Party last fall, did not report any fundraising in the new report. He has raised $71,760 since entering the race last September.

But Maragos has $1.27 million on hand after loaning his campaign $1.45 million.

“I am proud that we continue to build our broad base of support and humbled that we’ve crossed the $1 million mark,” Curran said. “Nassau residents are ready to give our county the fresh start it deserves, and for the real change my campaign is offering.”

“The race for county executive should not be about who spends more but who is best qualified to make Nassau County affordable by lowering property taxes, building more affordable housing and improving public transit,” Maragos said.

Curran’s campaign reported spending nearly $188,000 in the most recent cycle, largely for polling, mailings, consulting and campaign staff wages.

Maragos reported spending $12,203 — more than half on consulting work — and was reimbursed by his campaign $2,145 for palm cards and flyers purchased on his personal credit card, a campaign spokesman said.

The primary is on Sept. 12.

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

GOP County Executive Edward Mangano has yet to declare whether he will seek a third term. His only option to qualify for the general election is to distribute petitions to become an independent candidate.

A spokesman for Mangano, who is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, declined to comment. Mangano has pleaded not guilty.

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