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Steve Stern raises $500G in race to replace Steve Israel

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) on May 1,

Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) on May 1, 2014. Credit: AP / Evan Vucci

Suffolk County Legis. Steve Stern (D-Dix Hills) has raised $500,000 in his bid to replace outgoing Rep. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and has $445,000 cash on hand, according to figures provided by Stern’s campaign.

The fundraising includes a $36,000 contribution and $32,000 loan from Stern.

Stern is in a crowded Democratic primary to succeed Israel (D-Huntington), who announced in January that he wouldn’t seek re-election.

Former Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi said last week he has raised $450,000, and has $375,000 on hand for the Democratic congressional primary in the Third District, which spans Nassau, Suffolk and Queens. Suozzi said he has not contributed or loaned any money to his campaign.

North Hempstead Town board member Anna Kaplan’s campaign said she has raised $445,000 in her bid for the Democratic nomination, including a $100,000 personal loan to her campaign and $12,000 in other family contributions. The campaign has spent $100,000.

Attorney Jonathan Clarke of Jericho says he has raised $800.

Former North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman is also running in the Democratic primary. He didn’t immediately respond to a request for fundraising numbers. The filing deadline is Friday.

The primary for state and federal offices is June 28.

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