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Kaminsky, McGrath, running for Skelos’ seat, exchange charges

Assemb. Todd Kaminsky is calling on Christopher McGrath, his Republican opponent in the April 19 special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by former Majority Leader Dean Skelos, to disclose his list of legal clients.

McGrath, a personal injury attorney from Hewett and a partner with the law firm of Sullivan, Papain, Block, McGrath & Cannavo in Garden City, has said he plans keep his job if elected to the Senate, noting that he is “against a professional legislature full of career politicians.”

Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), a former federal prosecutor, has pledged to introduce Senate legislation to ban outside income for state legislators. Kaminsky twice previously co-sponsored bills that would ban outside income, but the legislation stalled in the Democrat-led Assembly.

In his most direct attack to date on his GOP opponent, Kaminsky said McGrath “guaranteed the taxpayers that he will continue to represent private clients if elected and take their money‐‐ -- clients whose interests may conflict directly with those of Long Islanders.

“If McGrath is not going to prioritize the interests of taxpayers, then the least he can do is tell the voters who he’s working for, ‐‐especially if it won’t be them.”

McGrath campaign spokesman E. O’Brien Murray responding by criticizing Kaminsky for failing to update his law license, which currently states that he works for the U.S. attorney’s office. Murray said Kaminsky was required to update his license within 30 days of his departure from the U.S. attorney’s office.

“Chris McGrath has spent his entire life fighting for those who need it most, our children and those who are at the most challenging times of their lives,” Murray said. “Typical politician Todd Kaminsky questions someone who fights for us, while he can’t even properly update his law license, as required by law.”

Kaminsky did not immediately respond to Murray’s remarks.

Skelos, of Rockville Centre, was convicted in December of eight counts of bribery, extortion and conspiracy, and plans to appeal.

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