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Ed Mangano’s corruption charges means bad news for Republicans

Carl Campanile
NY Post

The corruption charges filed against Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto are a gift to Long Island Democrats — and a headache for Republicans — running on the ballot in the Nov. 8 elections.
The allegations come less than a year after former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, a fellow Nassau County Republican, was convicted for pay-to-play crimes to help his son, Adam. A Democrat, former federal prosecutor Todd Kaminsky, won Skelos’ seat in a special election.
A veteran Long Island Republican power broker admitted that the new Mangano corruption charges could negatively impact GOP candidates.
“It’s a sad day for the people of Nassau County. It’s certainly not helpful to other Republicans who are running for office. A lot of innocent people are going to be hurt by this,” said former GOP US Sen. Al D’Amato, who resides in Island Park and has deep ties to Nassau’s GOP machine.
“It’s not fair but, that’s the nature of the business.”
Wasting no time, Democrats fighting to win control of the state Senate issued statements seeking to hang the charges against Mangano and Venditto around the necks of GOP incumbents. Nine state senate senate seats are up for grabs on Long Island.
Democrat Jim Gaughran, who is challenging GOP incumbent. Carl Marcellino in Fifth senatorial district, said, “This is a sad day, and an urgent reminder that we need to address public corruption and pass meaningful ethics reforms.
“All elected officials should be judged on what they have done to fight corruption, and my opponent, Carl Marcellino, has consistently enabled and supported Ed Mangano and John Venditto. Sen. Marcellino’s longtime support of these two corrupt officials — both of whom should resign immediately — means he can’t be relied upon to bring the reform and change we so desperately need. As state senator, I will fight to clean up Albany and root out corrupt officials on the state, county and local level.”
GOP Sen. Tom Venditto, the son of the Oyster Bay supervisor charged Thursday, is running for re-election to a second term in the Eighth district covering LI’s South Shore.
Republican Mangano has close ties to Gov. Cuomo, a Democrat. Mangano endorsed Cuomo’s re-election bid in 2014 and even cut a TV commercial on his behalf.