Without any recent fundraising, ex-County Executive Thomas Suozzi’s campaign chest, with $1.26 million, still has more cash on hand than County Executive Edward Mangano’s, whose $833,876 in contributions since January helped him reach the $1.19 million mark.
The comparison is interesting, but only significant if Suozzi plans to run again and build up the total -- and there's been no indication, public or private, that he plans to do that.
Meanwhile Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin told us: "County Executive Mangano raised over $800,000 in six months. This success further indicates the growing support from both residents and businesses owners who know Ed Mangano has and will continue to protect taxpayers and reduce the size of government."
For the moment, “Friends of Tom Suozzi” pays Bruce Nyman $2,083 every two weeks; the former county press aide fields media inquiries, does prep work on TV appearances and handles Suozzi’s “political correspondence.” Michael Florio, who was a presidential campaign official for Hillary Clinton and an ex-Suozzi aide, is also on the campaign payroll at the same rate. Jolie Bua is also paid by the campaign.
Among expenditures listed, Suozzi sent $15,000 to the NYS Immigration Coalition, the forms show.
Meanwhile, Mangano's filing discloses an in-kind contribution from Robert McBride, VP of the firm Park Strategies, for $2,859 in February. As previously reported here by Newsday's Alfonso A. Castillo, Park represented the firm Veolia that later turned out to be the winning bidder to take over Long Island Bus from the MTA. Officials deny any correlation. McBride hosted a fundraiser for Mangano. The nature of the in-kind contribution is not specified on the filing.
Mangano's filing also discloses payments totaling $33,684 to Strategic Advantage International, the firm of GOP consultant Thomas Slater, who has advised Mangano on political responses to Nassau's takeover by a state monitoring board.