Democratic state Sen. Todd Kaminsky in the first TV ad of his re-election bid cites his legislative accomplishments since winning the seat in an April special election following Dean Skelos’ corruption conviction.
Kaminsky, a former federal prosecutor from Long Beach, will take on Hewlett attorney Chris McGrath in a rematch of their special election in the 9th Senate District, which Kaminsky won by fewer than 1,000 votes.
The ad, titled “Voice,” will run on cable stations on Nassau’s South Shore, campaign officials said.
The spot includes images of three former Albany leaders convicted of corruption: Skelos, a Republican who served as Senate majority leader; former Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver; and former Bronx state Sen. Pedro Espada, a Democrat who served briefly as majority leader in 2009. Kaminsky prosecuted the case against Espada, who was convicted of embezzlement in 2012.
“Todd Kaminsky’s fought for a $4 billion middle-class tax cut, voted to strip public pensions from corrupt officials and voted over 175 times against raising taxes,” the ad says. “This is what happens when you raise the bar.”
Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif disputed Kaminsky’s credentials as a political reformer. Reif said that during the special election, the Nassau County Democratic Committee accepted an “untraceable” $50,000 contribution from a New Jersey-based firm that was arranged by an aide to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The Nassau Democratic Party, which transferred $253,000 to Kaminsky’s campaign in the final two weeks of the race, says the contribution was legal and appropriate and that the money was not specifically directed for the special election.
“Todd Kaminsky used to be a federal prosecutor,” Reif said. “Now he’s just another corrupt Albany politician.”