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Nassau district attorney candidate Todd Kaminsky seeks firing of Oyster Bay official

Todd Kaminsky, the Democratic candidate for Nassau County

Todd Kaminsky, the Democratic candidate for Nassau County district attorney, called for the firing of a top Oyster Bay Town official.  Credit: Howard Schnapp

State Sen. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) is calling for the firing of Oyster Bay Deputy Town Supervisor Gregory Carman Jr. following a county probe showing Carman may have violated ethics laws by soliciting political contributions from subordinate staffers.

Kaminsky, 43, who is running for Nassau County District Attorney against Republican Anne Donnelly, called Carman's actions "disgraceful" and "corrupt."

Kaminsky told Newsday on Tuesday: "When your boss asks you for political contributions you don't have a choice. The fact that these are civil servants being made to have to contribute to the local Republican Party is unacceptable."

Sen. Kevin Thomas (D-Levittown) said at a news conference in December that Carman sought contributions from town employees, and asked for different amounts of money based on their salary levels.

The donations were for the Farmingdale Republican Committee, where Carman serves as executive leader, according to Thomas.

The Nassau County district attorney's office, which launched a probe into the allegations, said last week that Carman sent letters to certain town employees seeking political contributions.

But in a letter to the Oyster Bay Town ethics board, the district attorney said the probe, "did not find sufficient evidence proving Mr. Carman committed a criminal offense and this case is being closed at this time without a criminal prosecution."

The district attorney's office declined to comment Tuesday.

"The District Attorney fully exonerated me and closed the case," Carman said in a statement to Newsday.

Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor, said if elected district attorney he would pursue criminal charges in cases similar to Carman's.

"Greg Carman should be fired — period," said at a news conference Monday. "My opponent in this race should join me in calling for these things. And prosecution should commence."

Donnelly, a prosecutor in the Nassau district attorney's office for 32 years, said in a statement: "While my opponent fails to mention political corruption within his own party, when I am Nassau's District Attorney, I will have a zero-tolerance policy for corruption, regardless of the political party with which an individual is enrolled."

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