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Haber attacks Martins on speed camera vote in new TV ad

Democratic challenger Adam Haber, left, and State Sen.

Democratic challenger Adam Haber, left, and State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola). Credit: James Escher

Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber has released a new television ad criticizing his opponent in the 7th District, State Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola), for voting to approve Nassau’s speed camera program.

The 30-second spot, titled “Money Grab,” cites Martins’ vote in April to allow Nassau and Suffolk counties to install one speed camera at each of Long Island's 125 school districts.

“The next time you sitting at a red light, think of Jack Martins,” said the narrator in the new ad, which began running this week and will continue to air through Election Day.

Martins spokesman Chris Schneider responded that "Multi-millionaire commodities trader Adam Haber, who has used $1.2 million of his personal money in an attempt to buy a state Senate seat, is so desperate he puts our children's safety in harm’s way for political purposes

"This was a bi-partisan bill cosponsored by Haber's fellow Democrats Michelle Schimel, Chuck Lavine, and Michaelle Solages, unanimously supported by Nassau's senators and Assembly members, and merely gave Nassau County the authority which Democrat and Republican County Legislators unanimously asked for."

The speed camera program has been highly controversial. In August, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano dismissed $2.4 million in speed camera tickets because the cameras malfunctioned or operated prematurely.

The Senate voted for the speed cameras bill by a vote of 49-11 with three Long Island lawmakers voting no. They were Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), Sen. John Flanagan (R-East Northport) and Sen. Kenneth LaValle (R-Port Jefferson). The bill also unanimously passed the Nassau County legislature.

Haber, who is trailing in the polls, has also sent a new mailer criticizing Martins for the speed camera vote and has erected new lawn signs which read “Vote no on Jack Martins and his speed cameras.”

In a statement, Haber said “Nassau County residents need to know that Martins brought this terrible speed camera program to our neighborhoods, and they need to know that it’s a hidden tax disguised as a safety measure.”

Haber spokesman Jacob Tugendrajch declined to identify the cost of the ad buy.

The ad can be viewed here:

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