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Republican state Sen. Kenneth LaValle's office replies to an earlier slap from would-be Democratic challenger Regina Calcaterra by saying that the factual basis of her critique is outdated -- and that the Senate Democrats, now in charge, are the ones responsible for a splurge of public funds.

Joann Scalia, spokesperson for the senator, said "The office expense data that was posted was old and outdated. A current expense report would show that Senate Democrats are spending far mroe than the Republicans ever did when we were in the majority.

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"In addition, during his time as chairman of the Senate higher-education committee, Sen. Lavalle was able to secure over $240 million for the State University at Stony Brook, creating hundreds of jobs for our region."

Democrats captured a majority in the 62-member house in the 2008 elections for the first time in four decades.