Do as I say, not as I do.
Nassau County Executive Laura Curran, who is on the ballot for re-election, is sending out government-funded mailers to taxpayers bearing her name and advertising early voting sites — after signing a bill earlier this month cracking down on that very practice so close to an election.
Curran, a Democrat, signed a bill on Oct. 4 banning countywide mailers from being sent out within a 45-day window of the next election, but sent out a flier just last week with a V-shaped checkmark spelling “vote” barely an inch from her name.
“Laura Curran’s most recent taxpayer funded mailer directs people to vote for her at taxpayer expense. It is blatantly political, and possibly unethical,” seethed Hempstead Councilman Bruce Blakeman, Curran’s Republican challenger.
He’s demanding her campaign reimburse the county immediately — the mailer would have cost roughly $80,000 and reached around 350,000 households, regardless of party affiliation, a source told The Post.
The bipartisan county board of elections also has the ability to put out a mailer with information pertaining to early voting locations ahead of the Nov. 4 election.
“Laura Curran’s most recent early voting mailer is a blatant campaign piece paid for by taxpayers. It is clearly political and an abuse of tax money,” said Nassau County Legislature Presiding Officer Richard Nicolello.
“The Nassau Republican majority is demanding that the county executive’s campaign immediately reimburse Nassau taxpayers for the full cost of the mailer.”
Republicans presently hold an 11-seat majority in the county legislature over Democrats, who occupy eight seats.
Curran, 53, is Nassau’s first female county executive and was elected to her first term in 2018.
She previously served in the Nassau County legislature and before that as a reporter with the New York Daily News and The Post.
During her first bid, she campaigned on a pledge to overturn the county’s use of taxpayer-funded mailers, calling them an “egregious” waste of funds, according to a Newsday report at the time.
She laid out a plan including a maximum $10,000 fine per elected official who violated the rule, but never enacted any change, Blakeman argued.
“Curran said she would end taxpayer-funded mail for political purposes, yet she just put out a taxpayer-paid mailing with her name on it urging voter turnout. You can’t trust what Laura Curran says,” he told The Post.
“The fact is, this mailer is standard and went to everyone in the county regardless of party,” defended Shelby Wiltz, a spokeswoman for Curran.
“This is rich coming from the legislative majority when their candidate Bruce Blakeman is accused of abusing taxpayer funded dollars and staff by forcing them to chauffer him around New York City off the clock and unpaid,” she added, referring to a recent report in City & State revealing Blakeman allegedly used former staffers as personal drivers.
Blakeman, 65, has run unsuccessfully for New York City mayor, Congress and the US Senate in the past.
Meanwhile, Curran has $1.3 million in her campaign war chest, compared to Blakeman who has roughly $552,000 according to the latest campaign finance filings reported by Newsday.
There are over 389,400 active registered Democratic voters in the county, 301,600 Republicans, and 248,000 blank voters, per the state board of elections’ website.