PAC funds push Sillitti ahead of Jha in District 16 race

PAC funds push Sillitti ahead of Jha in District 16 race
New York Assembly District 13. During the most recent fundraising period, incumbent Democrat Charles Lavine nearly doubled the amount raised by his Republican opponent, Ruka Anzai. (Screenshot courtesy of Google Maps)

State Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti, the incumbent Democrat, outraised Vibhuti Jha, her Republican challenger, in the latest fund-raising period less than a month before the Nov. 8 election in Assembly District 16.

According to the New York State Board of Elections, between July 19 and Oct. 3, Sillitti raised $40,986 while Jha raised $34,035. Contributors’ names, the amounts and the types of contributors were among the information that was made available.

Sillitti has served as the representative for District 16 since Jan. 1, 2021, after defeating Ragini Srivastava in 2020. Her current term is up on Jan. 1, 2023.

She is running on the Democratic Party and Working Families Party lines. Her previous positions in the Town of North Hempstead include deputy commissioner of the Department of Community Services, deputy chief of staff and director of legislative affairs.

Jha is representing the Republican and Conservative parties. A specialist in business turnaround and a former banker, he hopes to flip District 16 next month.

Comparing the total raised divided by the number of contributors, the average Sillitti donor donated $284.63, while the average Jha donor gave $486.21.

The biggest disparity in the candidates’ fund-raising comes from their political action committees. Sillitti outraised Jha by $17,950 to $1,000. The NASRCC Political Education Committee and Voice Of Teachers For Education contributed the most money to Sillitti in this category and were also her top two largest donors in this period.

Despite having a lower total amount, Jha raised $30,285 from individual contributions, more than Sillitti’s $21,736.

Only seven of the 144 contributors to Sillitti were from states other than New York. Of the 70 donors to Jha’s campaign, 33 were from outside the state, making up almost half of the total.

Assembly District 16 comprises Great Neck, Manhasset, Port Washington, Herricks, Mineola, Baxter Estates, parts of East Williston, Old Westbury, Roslyn Estates, Roslyn, Albertson, Williston Park and New Hyde Park.



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