Do as I say, not as I do.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, who’s on the poll for re-election, is sending out government-funded mailers to taxpayers bearing her title and promoting early voting websites — after signing a invoice earlier this month cracking down on that very observe so near an election.
Curran, a Democrat, signed a invoice on Oct. 4 banning countywide mailers from being despatched out inside a 45-day window of the following election, however despatched out a flier simply final week with a V-shaped checkmark spelling “vote” barely an inch from her title.
“Laura Curran’s most recent taxpayer funded mailer directs people to vote for her at taxpayer expense. It is blatantly political, and possibly unethical,” seethed Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Curran’s Republican challenger.
He’s demanding her marketing campaign reimburse the county instantly — the mailer would have price roughly $80,000 and reached round 350,000 households, regardless of get together affiliation, a supply informed The Post.
The bipartisan county board of elections additionally has the flexibility to place out a mailer with data pertaining to early voting areas ahead of the Nov. 4 election.
“Laura Curran’s most recent early voting mailer is a blatant campaign piece paid for by taxpayers. It is clearly political and an abuse of tax money,” stated Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello.
“The Nassau Republican majority is demanding that the county executive’s campaign immediately reimburse Nassau taxpayers for the full cost of the mailer.”
Republicans presently maintain an 11-seat majority within the county legislature over Democrats, who occupy eight seats.
Curran, 53, is Nassau’s first feminine county govt and was elected to her first time period in 2018.
She beforehand served within the Nassau County legislature and earlier than that as a reporter with the New York Daily News and The Post.
During her first bid, she campaigned on a pledge to overturn the county’s use of taxpayer-funded mailers, calling them an “egregious” waste of funds, according to a Newsday report at the time.
She laid out a plan together with a most $10,000 effective per elected official who violated the rule, however by no means enacted any change, Blakeman argued.
“Curran said she would end taxpayer-funded mail for political purposes, yet she just put out a taxpayer-paid mailing with her name on it urging voter turnout. You can’t trust what Laura Curran says,” he informed The Post.
“The fact is, this mailer is standard and went to everyone in the county regardless of party,” defended Shelby Wiltz, a spokeswoman for Curran.
“This is rich coming from the legislative majority when their candidate Bruce Blakeman is accused of abusing taxpayer funded dollars and staff by forcing them to chauffer him around New York City off the clock and unpaid,” she added, referring to a recent report in City & State revealing Blakeman allegedly used former staffers as private drivers.
Blakeman, 65, has run unsuccessfully for New York City mayor, Congress and the US Senate up to now.
Meanwhile, Curran has $1.3 million in her marketing campaign warfare chest, in comparison with Blakeman who has roughly $552,000 in keeping with the most recent marketing campaign finance filings reported by Newsday.
There are over 389,400 lively registered Democratic voters within the county, 301,600 Republicans, and 248,000 clean voters, per the state board of elections’ web site.