Laura Curran pitches Nassau campaign finance reforms

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Nassau County Legislator Laura Curran (D-Baldwin) speaks at a news conference outside her Baldwin home on Thursday, May 4, 2017. (Photo by Noah Manskar)

Democratic Nassau County executive candidate Laura Curran pledged Thursday to limit political contributions by her staff and county vendors if elected.

Curran, a second-term county legislator, said she would sign an executive order barring appointees in her administration from giving to or soliciting donations for her campaign.

She would also lobby the county Legislature to create a list of people and companies with business before the county, and limit them to giving $500 to county legislative campaigns and $1,000 to campaigns for countywide offices.

The measures would help erode Nassau’s “pay-to-play” culture and and dispel the “appearance of malfeasance” that limits trust in government, she said.

“The reality is, most of our vendors are honest and hardworking, as our most of our public officials,” Curran said at a news conference at her Baldwin home. “It’s the arrested, indicted and convicted politicians who give all of us a bad name, and also make the public so cynical about us and government.”

Curran said she would also lobby the state Legislature to further limit contributions by limited liability companies, which are often used by individuals to give large amounts to campaigns.

Nassau has seen several scandals in recent years involving political donations that appeared to be given in exchange for favorable action.

Rob Walker, the chief deputy county executive, is reportedly under investigation for political contributions from a company that got a multimillion-dollar Nassau contract the same day.

And Edward Mangano, the current Republican county executive, was indicted in the fall in an alleged bribe and kickback scheme with an Oyster Bay restaurateur who received county pacts.

Curran modeled her “doing business with” list on New York City’s similar rules, which was established in February 2008, campaign aides said.

The Nassau district attorney’s office and the state attorney general’s office have similar restrictions for appointed staff giving to those officials’ campaigns, aides said.

Republicans, though, said Curran’s promises are empty because she has taken political donations from county contractors and used public resources for political purposes.

Jack Martins was the first candidate who called for a change in leadership for Nassau County,” E. O’Brien Murray, the political strategist for Martins, the GOP county executive candidate, said in a statement. “Every day Laura Curran reminds Nassau voters she is a hypocrite.”

Curran, who has been endorsed by the Nassau Democratic Committee, faces a three-way primary against state Assemblyman Charles Lavine and county Comptroller George Maragos.

Maragos said Curran’s proposals would be an “ineffective bandaid” and said he would ban all political donations from “county vendors, their families and LLCs.”

“Her plan does nothing to end the pay-to-play corruption culture,” Maragos, a former Republican, said in an email.

Andrew Mulvey, a Lavine campaign spokesman, touted the assemblyman’s experience with ethics reforms in Albany.

“Nassau County needs an executive who has experience fighting for reform,” Mulvey said in a statement.

A Mangano spokesman did not return a request for comment.

Philip Shulman, a Curran campaign spokesman, called Murray’s attacks “false” and said “everyone plays by the same set of rules” when running for office.

When Laura’s elected, she’ll change those rules to limit the influence of money in politics,” Shulman said in a statement.

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  1. What is Laura’s position on police worn body cameras to protect the integrity of investigations into excessive force abuses by police officers against Nassau County residents who taxes pay thier salaries and lawsuits(!) Then ask her about Naasua County’s (former) Executive leader Thomas Gullota’s federal order, following the Thomas Pizzuto’s death (1999) that implemented new reform policies that DA Dennis Dillon proposed to the legislature. C Surveillance Cameras estimated to cast in excess of $2 million tax-payers dollars. Thomas Pizzuto, like Darryl Woody, was begging for his (prescribed) medications, when he too was attacked, beaten, brutalized by jail guards at NCCC. Darryl Woody was attacked by seven correctional guards that claimed that he had attempted suicide by slashing his wrists and neck , while on 1to1 constant-watch (suicide suicide-supervisionsupervisiion) in a suicide prevention cell(!) Darryl was beaten and repeatedly tortured four separate instances that lasted seventeen hours before he was transported to NUMC’ s Mental health wing. Day’s later, Darryl Woody, while “still” on 1to1 constant-watch; under doctors care, was said to have been “Found Hanging!” The medical examiner ruled it; Death by asphyxiation_hanging(!) How is an innocent, mentally-ill pre-trial detainee who was denied medications and medical treatment at the jail Found Hanging” when he was under 24 hours constant watch following two earlier (reported) attempts and a mental history? This is a homicide that’s being cover-up as a suicide by hanging at NUMC. All caught on Video Surveillance Cameras at NUMC and at NCCC> The jail blames NUMC. The Medical Center blames NCCC. Both conspire to violate Darryl Woody’s Human and Civil Rights by [hiding the truth] about Darryl Woody’s death by asphyxiation. Darryl’s [suspicious] death was captured on Video Surveillance Cameras That (former) County Executive Thomas Gullota was ordered installed by the feds following Thomas Pizzuto’s beating death. (federally indicted) Ed- sticky-fingers -Mangano braeched his duties by conspiring to obstruct justice in Darryl Woody’s death investigation using his office to manipulate and deny access to the damning evidence that proves Darryl Woody’s January 3, 2011death, while on suicide-watch at NUMC, is a homicide being covered-up as a suicide NUMC, NCCC, and Nassau County’s [corrupt] Executive and legislative members that on the jails Advisory Board and failed toproduce or review the government [ordered] installed, Da requested, legislature approved, government protected files_ the Video(s)! Malicious Tampering is a felony in New York State!. What’s NUMC, NCCC, Nassau County’s (federally indicted) racketeering ‘Boss Ed sticky-fingers – Mangano and his crony appointed operatives and cohorts on the bench,”Have To Hide?” “We Can Handle The Truth!” “Release The Video(s)!” “Now!” This is a “Major Scandal! How did Nassau County’s homicide Squad fail to review then take into evidence_the Video Surveillance Recordings? So what is Laura Curran’s position on this Matter Of Darryl Woody’s Human and Civil Rights to a Due process and a fair trial in Nassau County’s (corrupt) Supreme Courts that’s represented by all the states evidence testimonies, witnesses and Video Surveillance Files. Darryl Woody “Can’t get Justice in Nassau County Courts where motions for review of Darryl’s Video Surveillance Files are being injudiciously denied by the presiding justice. This is a political hit-job by a corrupt regime operating out of Nassau County’s Sheriff’s Department aided, abetted, and facilitated by Norma Gonsalves and her politically compromised associates on the Commitees that over-sees the jail. They are all complicit in this cover-up for fail to show Due Diligence in this Matter Of Darryl Woody. Pizzuto’s death got Cameras installed in NCCC and in NUMC’s prison medical wing. Darryl Woody’s death, while “still’ on 1to1 suicide-watch, was captured on these Video Cameras approved by the legislature. This is a “Major Scandal!” This is a homicide! Trial Date: September 11, 2017. Index: 017721/2011. Ask Laura Curran to “What About Darryl Woody!” His death was caught on Video(s)! Ask that she as Executive Candidate can make her stand by filing a FOIl Request at Nassau County’s Sheriff’s Department where Sheriff Michael J. Spasato’s wife Elizabeth Loconsolo heads the FOIL Request Appelate Division_A Conflict Of Interest! ‘Talking about integrity(!)’ From Thomas Pizzuto’s death (1999) to Bartholomew Ryan death (2012)… “What About Darryl Woody! January 3, 2011 at NUMC/NCCC. Index: 017721/2011.

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