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Little cash spilled so far in state legislative primaries

The two state Assembly primaries on Long Island haven’t generated much spending so far – even though the election is less than a month away.

In the 9th Assembly District, which straddles Nassau and Suffolk counties, incumbent Assemb. Joe Saladino (R-Massapequa) and challenger Richard Young, a West Islip attorney, each have spent about $7,000 in the last four weeks, according to statements filed this week with the state Board of Elections.

Saladino, however, has considerably more money in his campaign coffers. Now in his fourth two-year term, Saladino has $67,000 on hand. Most of it is stockpiled from previous years – he reported raising just $250 since mid-July.

Young hasn’t raised any money from outside contributors yet. He personally loaned his campaign $15,000, and now has $9,000 on hand.

In the 22nd Assembly District, a newly created seat in western Nassau County, three Democrats are fighting for the nomination.

Michaelle Solages, the Democrats’ official designee, opened her campaign with nearly $11,000, raised $10,600 since July 15 but spent just $900. She currently has $20,600 in her coffers.

Milagros Vicente opened her campaign with about $9,000, raised $3,200, spent $6,200 and currently has $6,100.

No statement had been posted with the state board as of late Tuesday for the third candidate, Patricia Maher, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The primaries are slated for Sept. 13.


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