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Laura Curran still barred from Democratic caucus meetings

Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran

Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran Photo Credit: Newsday / John Paraskevas

Nassau Legis. Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) may be the Democratic Party’s chosen candidate for county executive this fall, but she still can’t caucus with fellow Democrats on the county legislature.

The caucus expelled her in October after she broke with Democratic colleagues and voted with the Republican majority, in a late-night session, to approve $50 million in capital borrowing.

The other six Democratic legislators said they felt blindsided because she didn’t warn them beforehand about her plans. They said they didn’t even know the items were going to be called for a vote that evening.

In January, Curran won the Nassau party committee’s backing for the county executive race and Nassau Democratic Party Chairman Jay Jacobs said “virtually every elected official” would support the ticket.

Tellingly, none of her fellow Democratic county legislators echoed that endorsement.

As recently as last week, Curran remained at her legislative seat when Democrats left the legislative chamber to gather in their caucus room during meeting breaks. Or Curran would walk among members of the audience and engage them in discussions. But she didn’t join colleagues in the backroom.

Asked if it was her choice to stay out of the meetings, or the caucus’ decision, Curran campaign spokesman Isaac Goldberg issued this statement: “Laura is and always has been a member of the Democratic caucus. Her decision to vote against her caucus on an issue months ago resulted in a disagreement among her colleagues that kept her from attending certain meetings. She has continued to work with them on all other matters and maintains a good working and personal relationship with each of them. She respects and admires the members of her caucus and will continue to support their efforts to clean up Nassau County’s government.”

Lauren Corcoran-Doolin, spokeswoman for county legislative Democrats, said, “Laura Curran is a member of the Caucus and the ranking member of the Public Safety committee. She has attended various if not all press conferences and meetings held by the legislative Democrats.” She did not say what meetings she was referring to.

Curran is expected to face a primary for the Democratic nomination in November with County Comptroller George Maragos, a Republican turned Democrat, and Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove.)

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