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Nassau County comptroller candidate Howard Weitzman wants GOP Comptroller George Maragos to release his public schedule for the period when he was campaigning for the Republican nod to run for the U.S. Senate in 2011 and 2012.

“Less than two years into his first term in office, George Maragos chose to launch a second campaign for U.S. Senate that left Nassau County without a full-time comptroller,” Weitzman, a Democrat, said this week.

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“Meanwhile, the county’s bond status was downgraded and the rating outlook declined from ‘stable’ to ‘negative.’ Maragos fell asleep at the switch while crisscrossing the state to advance his own career.”

Maragos spokesman Jostyn Hernandez said Maragos' "Senate run was conducted on his personal time. Monday thru Friday the Comptroller is in his office conducting County business and has been the most active comptroller this County has ever had." 

The Weitzman camp also sent Maragos a cake to mark the anniversary of his loss in the GOP Senate primary.

Hernandez said Wednesday that the office, "received a stale cake from a stale candidate today. I am sure the taxpayer prefers the 2012 year end surplus of $41.6 million delivered by Comptroller Maragos and the $5 million NYS award Nassau received from Gov. [Andrew M.] Cuomo recognizing the cost cutting measures.”

Weitzman served two four-year terms as comptroller, before losing to Maragos in 2009.