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Marc Molinaro campaign running almost on empty in race against Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Republican Marc Molinaro and Democratic Gov. Andrew M.

Republican Marc Molinaro and Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Credit: Charles Eckert

 ALBANY — With four weeks left before Election Day, Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro has just $211,000 remaining in his campaign coffers, a small amount for a major party candidate in New York.

Molinaro's latest campaign report was one of a few published Monday by the state Board of Elections.

Among key filings, Senate Republicans reported spending more on three Long Island races than any other in the state as the GOP tries to hang on to the one area of state government it controls.

With $211,000 on hand, Molinaro’s total is $1 million below what 2014 GOP candidate Rob Astorino had at this point in the race and is on par with what the GOP’s Carl Paladino had in 2010.

The low showing could limit how often Molinaro will appear in television ads during the final weeks of the campaign. He trails Democrat Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo by 22 points in the latest poll in a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-1.

Cuomo, who routed Astorino and Paladino, is expected to report having $9.2 million on hand for the stretch run, according to a source. Cuomo already has spent nearly $29 million on the race — $26.5 million of that before he defeated Cynthia Nixon in a Democratic primary in September. Cuomo's campaign report hadn't been posted publicly by late Monday.

Molinaro’s campaign spokeswoman accused Cuomo of “threatening donors” and “civic organizations” in an effort to “deprive Marc’s campaign of resources” without offering specifics.

“But Marc Molinaro's campaign is a true grass roots movement that will neither be intimidated nor extinguished by the corrupt Cuomo political machine. Marc's reform vision gives New Yorkers something to believe in again,” Molinaro spokeswoman Katy Delgado said.

“We know Marc is having another bad day — but this is getting pathetic and desperate even by his flailing campaign's standards," said Dani Lever, a Cuomo campaign aide.

The latest Siena College poll said Cuomo, who is running for a third term as governor, had a 22-point lead over Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive.

In contrast to Cuomo, Molinaro has spent $1.1 million on the campaign since July. 

The battle for the state Senate will feature some of New York's hottest election battles in November. With Republicans trying to maintain a 32-31 edge in the chamber, they've begun to dump money into key races — with the top three, money-wise, on Long Island.

The Senate Republican Campaign Committee reported it has spent nearly $500,000 each for two incumbent senators: Elaine Phillips (R-Flower Hill), $461,000; and Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), $436,000.

Phillips is battling Democrat Anna Kaplan, a North Hempstead town board member. Marcellino faces a rematch against Democrat James Gaughran, the Suffolk County Water Authority chaiman.

The SRCC has spent $396,000 trying to help Massapequa Park Mayor Jeff Pravato unseat Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford). 

Senate Democrats said they have submitted campaign-finance reports to the state, but the Board of Elections hadn't published them by the end of the business day Monday.

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