News Clips

  • Readers Write: Curran represents honest gov, Martins the same old thing

    September 25, 2017

    Okay Nassau County, Election Day is Nov. 7, and it’s our chance to finally rid ourselves of the corrupt Mangano administration.

    Though he was arrested and charged with numerous federal indictments (some of which include conspiracy to commit federal bribery, fraud, extortion, and honest services wire fraud), he refused to resign, subjecting Nassau residents to put up with what can only be described as a corruption tax.

     This Election Day, though there will be two options on the ballot, there is only one clear choice for reform, Laura Curran.

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  • Rep. Grace Meng backs Curran for Nassau exec

    September 15, 2017

    U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Queens) endorsed Laura Curran for Nassau County executive on Friday, adding to the Democratic candidate’s support from national figures.

    Meng, who is also a vice chair of the Democratic National Committee, called Curran “an extraordinary public servant” who “cares deeply about the future of Nassau County.”

    “I look forward to working with Laura to help make our region an even better place to live and work, and I urge voters in Nassau, during this critical time in the county, to support her in November,” Meng said in a statement to Blank Slate Media.

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  • Curran declares victory in Nassau Democratic exec primary

    September 13, 2017

    Nassau County Legis. Laura Curran will be the Democratic nominee for county executive, riding support from party leaders to defeat County Comptroller George Maragos in Tuesday’s primary.

    Curran, a Baldwin resident who has been on the legislature since 2014, declared victory just after 10 p.m. before a crowd of supporters at Nawlins Seafood Co. in Freeport.

    County elections board results, as of 11:30 p.m., showed her leading Maragos by roughly 54 percentage points with 56 percent of districts reporting.

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  • Curran gets Planned Parenthood's backing in county exec race

    August 24, 2017

    Three women’s rights organizations have endorsed County Legislator Laura Curran, a Baldwin Democrat, for county executive, including Planned Parenthood of Nassau County Action Fund Political Committee, the National Institute for Reproductive Health and the National Organization for Women of Nassau County.

    At an Aug. 24 press conference at the Roslyn Long Island Rail Road station, representatives from each group said that Curran would protect reproductive health rights and ensure women are represented in the county.

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  • DA’s contract reforms a smart place to start: Schnirman

    August 22, 2017

    Jack Schnirman has his own ideas for fixing Nassau County’s contracting process, but he also wants to tackle a list of reforms that he says have gone untouched for two years.

    The Long Beach city manager and Democratic candidate for Nassau County comptroller pledged to implement the procedural changes District Attorney Madeline Singas proposed to streamline the beleaguered system and give it better oversight.

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand endorses Curran for Nassau County exec

    August 20, 2017

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has endorsed Democratic Nassau Legis. Laura Curran’s campaign for Nassau County executive, becoming the first statewide elected official to weigh in on the race.

    Curran of Baldwin has the backing of the Nassau Democratic Party in her Sept. 12 primary against county Comptroller George Maragos.

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  • State legislators call for measures to end corruption

    July 25, 2017

    Three Democratic state legislators Tuesday urged their colleagues to support several initiatives that they said would help end corruption on Long Island and statewide, and “ensure good, open, honest government.”

    Sen. John Brooks (D-Seaford) and Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) and Christine Pellegrino (D-West Islip), joined by the head of the good-government group Common Cause New York, spoke outside the Town of Oyster Bay’s Town Hall South in Massapequa.

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  • Independent I.G. needed for county contracts

    July 20, 2017

    Millions of taxpayer dollars are spent each year on infrastructure improvements in the capital plan that I support. As your legislator, responsible funding of projects is a major priority of mine.

    To be optimal stewards of taxpayer dollars, a critical step is to ensure due diligence is given when reviewing and approving contracts.

    Unfortunately, our county executive who is under indictment oversees the current process.

    His deputy county executive has stated that he is also under investigation for contract steering.

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  • Curran outraises Martins, Maragos in Nassau County exec race

    July 17, 2017

    Democrat Laura Curran leads the fundraising race among Nassau County executive candidates, having collected $715,000 more in recent months than potential primary opponent George Maragos and about $400,000 more than Republican Jack Martins, according to reports filed Monday with the state Board of Elections.

    The reports, which cover activity from mid-January through last week, are the first to reflect the period since all county executive candidates launched their campaigns and began active fundraising.

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  • Schnirman outlines plan to fix Nassau County finances

    June 28, 2017

    Long Beach City Manager Jack Schnirman, a Democratic candidate for Nassau County comptroller, outlined his priorities on Tuesday, promising to improve fiscal transparency and serve as an “independent fiscal watchdog.”

    He suggested opening up and modernizing government and cleaning up the county contracting system.

    Schnirman is running against Republican Steve Labriola, Nassau’s chief deputy comptroller. Labriola’s campaign has a similar pledge to “restore the taxpayer trust” and increase how many audits are conducted by the comptroller’s office.

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