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Safe harbors: Levy locales, donor domains

Avoiding governmental locales, Steve Levy held two of his press conferences as gubernatorial candidate last week on the property of longtime campaign contributors.

One was the Manhattan office of Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, a Melville-based law firm where the Suffolk Executive’s county attorney Christine Malafi formerly worked.

The firm's Web site even posts a 2008 press release from Levy hailing its success as outside counsel in squelching a potentially costly lawsuit.

The other site: Hauppauge headquarters of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 25. The union has contributed to the Suffolk Democratic Committee and to Levy in previous years, as well as other candidates and organizations in the county.

As indicated here, Levy's campaign has paid the local for phone usage.

Don't expect Levy to be hosted on the grounds of any public-service unions this campaign season -- he claims they have a stranglehold on Albany legislation and that as governor he'd break it on behalf of taxpayers.

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