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Democratic DA Candidates Pull Ahead in Fundraising

July 21, 2015
New York Law Journal


Andrew Keshner

The Democratic candidate for Staten Island District Attorney brought in more than twice as much in contributions as his Republican opponent, according to election filings.
Michael McMahon, a former U.S. congressman and city councilman who is a partner at Herrick, Feinstein, brought in $151,640 in donations, according to a July periodic report submitted last week to the New York State Board of Elections.
McMahon also has submitted petitions to run on the Conservative and Independence Party lines.
Joan Illuzzi, McMahon's Republican opponent, reported $73,005 in contributions.
Illuzzi is a former prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's office who handled several high-profile cases during her 27-year tenure.
McMahon ended the reporting period with about $95,500 in his coffers while Illuzzi has almost $65,500 in cash on hand.
The borough's former top prosecutor, Daniel Donovan Jr., left the office in May to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. The office is being led by Acting Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Master Jr.
In Nassau County, Madeline Singas, the county's acting district attorney, a Democrat, reported $679,355 in contributions. Singas, who has submitted petitions to run on the Democratic and Working Families Party lines, has about a $796,750 closing balance.

Kate Murray, a Republican and current Town of Hempstead Supervisor, reported campaign contributions of nearly $353,000, plus a $290,000 transfer from her town supervisor campaign fund.
Murray, who has submitted petitions to run on the Republican, Conservative and Independence Party lines, had a remaining balance of about $538,000.
Michael Scotto, a former Manhattan prosecutor seeking to challenge Singas in the Democratic primary, reported almost $110,000 in contributions and has an approximate $1,400 closing balance.