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Todd Kaminsky, Elaine Phillips have Senate fundraising leads

Democratic State Sen. Todd Kaminsky has a fundraising lead over Republican Christopher McGrath in their rematch of April’s special election to fill Dean Skelos’ 9th Senate District seat, according to state election filings and campaign officials.

Also, GOP Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips has a money edge over East Hills businessman Adam Haber, a Democrat, in their race in the 7th Senate District — boosted by a $400,000 transfer from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee. Republican Sen. Jack Martins is vacating the seat to run for Congress.

Since July, Kaminsky (D-Long Beach), a former federal prosecutor and state assemblyman, raised $250,918, spent $219,800 and has $346,771 on hand, campaign officials said.

During that period, McGrath, a Hewlett attorney, raised $34,790, spent $22,190 and has $62,604 on hand, according to new state Board of Elections filings.

Kaminsky beat McGrath by 886 votes in a special election after Skelos’ conviction on federal corruption charges.

In the race in the 7th District, Long Island’s only vacant Senate seat, Phillips raised $575,135, including a $400,250 transfer from the Senate Republican Campaign Committee, a Phillips spokesman said. Phillips spent $527,403 and has $119,381 on hand.

Haber raised $119,595, spent $627,313 and has $52,438 on hand, campaign officials said.

“Long Island families recognize the need for balance and accountability in Albany, and understand the last thing anyone wants is to turn our entire state government over to Mayor de Blasio and the New York City radicals,” said Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif, citing the potential for Democrats to win control of the Senate.

Democratic State Senate spokesman Mike Murphy said, “Our candidates are enjoying wide support because they are committed to putting an end to the out of control taxes and fees that have run rampant under Senate Republican control.”

In the 5th Senate District, which includes parts of Nassau and Suffolk counties, Democratic Suffolk Water Authority chairman James Gaughran outraised Sen. Carl Marcellino but the incumbent has more cash on hand.

Gaughran raised $76,517, spent $120,190 and has $37,876 on hand, filings show. Marcellino (R-Syosset) raised $26,480, spent $97,554 and has $209,636 on hand.

In the 6th Senate District, Sen. Kemp Hannon (R-Garden City), a 14-term incumbent, raised $100,563, spent $123,520 and has $534,563 on hand, aides say. Democrat Ryan Cronin, an attorney from Garden City, raised $176,504, spent $263,362 and has $82,097 available. In 2012, Hannon beat Cronin by a margin of 52 to 48 percent.

In the 3rd Senate District, Sen. Tom Croci (R-Islip) faces John De Vito, a 25-year-old law student from Shirley who won a three-way Democratic primary last month. Croci raised $34,110, spent $49,168 and has $116,357 on hand, campaign filings show. Since July, DeVito has raised $32,867, spent $33,090 and has $53,490 available.

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