In the most recent fund-raising period, incumbent Democrat Charles Lavine brought in nearly double the amount tallied by his Republican challenger, Ruka Anzai, as part of the battle for Assembly District 13.
According to the New York State Board of Elections, between July 14 and Oct. 3, Lavine raised $13,025 while Anzai raised $7,758.30. Contributors’ names, the amounts and the types of contributors were among the information that was made available.
Lavine is a longstanding figure in state politics, having represented District 13 since 2005. His current term ends on Jan. 1, 2023.
He is running on the Democratic Party and Working Families Party lines. Lavine has also served on the Glen Cove City Council, as a committee member, chairman and vice chair of the Glen Cove Democratic Committee and as a committee person for the Nassau County Democratic Committee.
Anzai is representing the Republican and Conservative parties. She is a mother, immigrant and IT professional who says she is running because the government lacks common sense. Her primary campaign messages include eliminating present bail laws, “refunding” the police and making the Property Tax Rebate permanent.
Lavine’s fund-raising advantage over Anzai is primarily because of contributions from individuals and political action committees. Compared to Anzai’s $5,733.30, Lavine raised $9,775 from individual donors. Lavine raised $3,000 from political action committees while Anzai raised nothing.
With $1,575, compared to Lavine’s $250, Anzai has a sizable advantage in the amount of money raised from political committees.
A political action committee is a political committee that does not make any expenditures other than contributions. The data provided classifies a “political committee” as anything that does not fit into this description.
Assembly District 13 comprises Glen Cove, Sea Cliff, Plainview, Woodbury, Glenwood Landing, Cove Neck, Centre Island and Jericho as well as residents in parts of Bayville, Oyster Bay, Oyster Bay Cove, Laurel Hollow, Syosset, Old Bethpage, Bethpage, Hicksville, Westbury/New Cassel, Muttontown, Brookville, East Hills, Greenvale, Roslyn, Roslyn Heights and Roslyn Harbor.