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Mineola deputy mayor files elections complaint against Haber, who claims violation by Martins

Mineola Deputy Mayor Paul Pereira has filed a complaint with the state Board of Elections, alleging campaign finance violations by Democratic State Senate candidate Adam Haber.

In a July 24 letter to board co-chairmen James Walsh and Douglas Kellner, Pereira cites a pair of July 12 in-kind contributions in Haber’s most recent state campaign filing from an unidentified limited liability corporation based in New Jersey.

The filing shows two “in-kind” contributions totaling $18,000. The maximum Senate candidates can receive from an individual in a year is $10,300. Haber’s filing does not name the LLC or state the purpose of the two contributions, as is required by state election law.

“It is impossible to know who this donor is and what they donated,” Pereira wrote. “It appears obvious that there is a concerted effort here to secret a large donation to the Haber committee and to prevent the Board of Elections from knowing how Mr. Haber is financing his campaign.”

Jacob Tugendrajch, a spokesman for Haber, a Democrat challenging Sen. Jack Martins (R-Mineola) in the 7th District, blamed the error on “a software glitch” and said the campaign is amending their filing with the Board of Elections.

Tugendrajch said the contributions were legal because they came from two separate LLCs sharing the New Jersey address.

The Haber campaign on Friday alleged similar corporate campaign violations by Martins, pointing to three contributions, totaling $10,000, from Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers on Northern Boulevard in Roslyn. The limit on corporate contributions in a single year is $5,000.

“While anti-choice Jack Martins files frivolous complaints about technical glitches, he himself has submitted a filing indicating a clear violation of law,” Tugendrajch said. “We hope the board reviews his illegal activity, and he stops resorting to desperate and hypocritical attacks that have been proven false.”

The Haber campaign expects to file a complaint on the Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers contributions with the state Board of Elections.

A state Republican official said there is no violation, as Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers contributes as an LLC. State election law allows each partner in an LLC to contribute up to $10,300 annually.

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