Do as I say, not as I do.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, who is on the ballot for re-election, is sending government-funded mailers bearing her name to taxpayers and advertising early voting sites — a bill signed earlier this month After doing so close cracking election on that exercise.
Karan, a Democrat, signed a bill on October 4 banning countywide mailers from being sent out within a 45-day window of the next election, but only last week spelled “V-shaped checkmarks” to vote. A flyer was sent with ” inches from his name.
“Laura Curran’s most recent taxpayer-funded mailer instructs people to vote for her at taxpayer expense. This is clearly political, and possibly immoral,” observed Hampstead Councilor Bruce Blakeman, Curran’s Republican challenger.
A source told The Post that he is seeking immediate reimbursement to the county from his campaign — Mailer will cost about $80,000 and reach about 350,000 homes, regardless of party affiliation.
The bipartisan County Board of Elections also has the ability to put out a mailer with information related to early voting locations ahead of the November 4 election.
“Laura Curran’s most recent early voting mailer is a clear campaign piece paid for by taxpayers. It is clearly political and an abuse of tax money,” said Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Niccolo.
“The Nassau Republican majority is demanding that the county executive’s campaign immediately reimburse Nassau taxpayers for the full cost of the mailer.”
Republicans currently hold a majority of 11 seats in the county legislature over Democrats, who hold eight seats.
Curran, 53, is Nassau’s first female county executive and was elected to her first term in 2018.
She previously served in the Nassau County legislature and before that as a reporter with the New York Daily News and The Post.
According to a Newsday report at the time, during his first bid, he campaigned on a pledge to reverse the county’s use of taxpayer-funded mailers, calling them an “excessive” waste of money.
Blakeman argued that he devised a plan, including a maximum fine of $10,000 per elected official who violated the rule, but never made any changes.
“Curran said she would eliminate taxpayer-funded mail for political purposes, yet she put in taxpayer-paid mail with her name on it while urging voter turnout. You take what Laura Curran says. Can’t believe it,” he told The Post.
“The fact is, this mailer is standard and went to everyone in the county regardless of party,” defended Curran spokeswoman Shelby Wiltz.
“It prospered from the legislative majority when their candidate, Bruce Blakeman, is accused of misusing taxpayer-funded dollars and employees, forcing him to travel around New York City round the clock and unpaid, He said, referring to a recent report in Citi. End State revealed that Blakeman allegedly used former employees as private drivers.
Blakeman, 65, has in the past run unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City, Congress and the US Senate.
Meanwhile, according to the latest campaign finance filings reported by Newsday, Curran has $1.3 million in his campaign battle chest compared to Blakeman, who has about $552,000.
According to the State Election Board website, the county has more than 389,400 active registered Democratic voters, 301,600 Republicans, and 248,000 vacant voters.