The candidates for Nassau County executive wasted no time Wednesday trying to gain the upper hand on what could become the central issue of the general election campaign: fighting public corruption.
Democrat Laura Curran — who won her primary decisively on Tuesday — and Republican Jack Martins each kicked off the race to Nov. 7 by releasing television ads focused on proposals to restore trust in government after the arrest last year of Republican County Executive Edward Mangano on federal corruption charges.
Curran, a county legislator from Baldwin, focused her ad on Mangano and others prominently placing their names on taxpayer-funded signage.
“It’s a small thing, but it’s a symbol of a big problem,” Curran says in the ad.
The ad notes Curran’s ethics plan, which calls for an independent office to monitor county contracts and banning county executive appointees from holding leadership positions in political party committees or clubs.
Martins, a former state senator from Old Westbury, centered his ad on a proposed state constitutional amendment to require officials convicted of public corruption to forfeit their state pensions.
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