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Republican Mineola Mayor Jack Martins, seeking to unseat Sen. Craig Johnson (D-Port Washington), accused Johnson of "selling out" constituents based on this section of the inspector general's explosive Aqueduct report: "On August 9, 2009, Larry Woolf, an AEG principal, wrote 'It appears we have the support of Senator Smith, they have challenged his credibility due to past business with Rev. (Floyd) Flake (a partner in AEG). Hence, Sen Smith has formed a committee of four senators that will vote as one block for us. The Senators . . . are Sampson, Adams; Abaddo; [sic] and Johnson."

In a statement, Johnson staff chief Richard Azzopardi said: "Craig Johnson unequivocally had no conversations with anyone regarding the bid by Aqueduct Entertainment Group. Any information to the contrary is false. As a matter of fact, Craig Johnson made clear that he believed SL Green (a competing bid) had the best proposal."

Who's the job creator?

In a new ad, Carl Paladino repeats his claim he's the only job creator in the governor's race. Libertarian Warren Redlich calls it a lie - and his campaign says in a statement:

"Over the past seven years more than a dozen people have worked in the Redlich Law Firm, including interns, paralegals, legal assistants and attorneys. The firm currently has four employees. Mr. Redlich created these jobs without all the insider tax breaks and government leases that have fueled Mr. Paladino's operation."

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