Less than a month before the 4th Congressional District primaries on Aug. 23, Republican Anthony D’Esposito led all the candidates in second-quarter fund-raising with $545,320.33.
Former Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen was in first place for funds raised on the Democratic side.
According to the Federal Election Commission, over a million dollars were raised during the second quarter, which ran from April 1 to June 30. Contributions, spending and cash on hand are tracked in the financial disclosures for this period, which were turned in by July 15.
Democratic incumbent Kathleen Rice announced on Feb. 15 that she would not seek re-election in 2022. In November, the Democrats will run with a new candidate for the first time since 2014.
D’Esposito will be unopposed in the August primary for the Republicans. On the other side, there will be five Democrats vying to replace Rice.
D’Esposito, a Hempstead town councilman, retired NYPD detective and former Island Park Fire Department chief, had $29,504.02 in campaign funds at the start of the second quarter. He raised $545,320.33 more, giving him $549,615.27 at the end of the reporting period.
In the Democratic field, Gillen led all the contenders with $216,902.39 raised.
She had $216,902.39 at the start of the reporting period and $385,241.03 at its conclusion. With operational expenses of $128,879.36, she exceeded all other candidates. Rice is also one of her noteworthy supporters.
The mayor of Malverne, Keith Corbett, was the only other Democrat within reach of Gillen.
His campaign raised $241,893.52 from a starting point of $156,399.92. At the end of the reporting period, he had $310,838.45 after paying $86,804.99 in expenditures.
After Gillen and Corbett, County Legislator Carrié Solages raised $48,414. He ended the period with $82,564.73.
Kevin Bryan Shakil and Muzibul Huq, the other two Democrats, reported $996.24 and $371.36 by their closing periods, respectively.
The 4th Congressional District currently includes the communities of Baldwin, Bellmore, East Rockaway, East Meadow, the Five Towns, Lynbrook, Floral Park, Franklin Square, Garden City, Garden City Park, Hempstead, Atlantic Beach, Long Beach, Malverne, Freeport, Merrick, Mineola, Carle Place, New Hyde Park, Oceanside, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Wantagh, West Hempstead, Westbury and parts of Valley Stream.