Democratic Assemb. Todd Kaminsky has $296,000 on hand for the final days of the campaign to replace former Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, while his GOP opponent, Chris McGrath, has more than $282,000 available, according to new State Board of Elections filings released Friday.
The filings come 11 days before the April 19 special election for the 9th District Senate seat, which was vacated in December when Skelos was convicted on federal corruption charges. He and his son, Adam, who also was convicted in the case, are appealing.
From March 15 to April 4, Kaminsky (D-Long Beach) raised $419,303, while the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee transferred another $265,000 to the campaign, filings show. The Kaminsky campaign also spent $389,669, largely for TV ads, and now has $296,132 on hand.
“This race is about delivering results for the South Shore families, schools and communities,” Kaminsky said.
McGrath, an attorney from Hewlett, raised $213,507 in the past 21 days while the State Senate Republican Committee transferred $355,000 to the campaign, records show. The committee also gave the campaign a total of $406,000 in February and March, records show.
McGrath’s campaign reported spending $451,486, largely on TV ads, and he has $282,162 available, the filings show.
McGrath spokesman E. O’Brien Murray said the campaign “is in great shape coming into the final 11 days of tight race as we prepare for the sprint to the finish line.”
Laurence Hirsh, an accountant from Valley Stream running for the seat on the Green Party line, did not report any campaign activity.
Also Friday, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, a former Great Neck assemblyman, endorsed Kaminsky. “Todd grew up on the South Shore and he’s fought for the issues Long Islanders care about, voting against 110 tax increases, protecting our schools and prosecuting corrupt officials of both parties when they break the law,” said DiNapoli.