With less than four months to go before the election for the next North Hempstead town supervisor, Democratic contender Judi Bosworth has amassed more than 12 times as much money as Republican candidate Dina De Giorgio.
Campaign finance records show that Bosworth, a Nassau County legislator, had $181,825.60 on hand on July 11, dwarfing De Giorgio's reported campaign chest of $14,431.18.
In the past six months, Bosworth both outspent and outraised De Giorgio by more than 2 to 1, records show, raising $56,178 to De Giorgio's $27,630, and spending $27,887.79 to De Giorgio's $13,398.82.
Bosworth, who Wednesday held the second of two fundraisers she's had this year, said she has called upon supporters she's gathered during her six years as county legislator from Great Neck and 16 years on the Great Neck school board.
"My financial support cuts across party lines and ideologies," Bosworth said. "The vast majority of supporters to my campaign come from people who know me well and whom I've worked with over the years. I've been doing this for a long time."
De Giorgio, an attorney from Port Washington who has served on the town board since 2012, said she has held several fundraisers, including one on June 26 at La Marmite in Williston Park.
Any proceeds from that fundraiser, as well as any donations received after May 29, were not included in De Giorgio's filing. State election law requires contributions received before the closing date of July 11 be included on the July report. De Giorgio referred questions on this issue to Frank Moroney, chairman of the North Hempstead Republican Committee, who said that she was "in full compliance" with the law.
De Giorgio will not focus her campaign on the technicalities of finance reporting laws, but on Bosworth's record, Moroney said.
De Giorgio said it was too early for her campaign to get into high gear.
"I think this campaign is really not going to be about how much money we raise -- it's going to be about our message and what we have to say," De Giorgio said. "I don't think money is really going to be the deciding factor here."