Lesnick accuses rival of excessive campaign contributions

Chuck Lesnick claims his main rival in the Democratic Party primary, Mike Spano, is taking donations from local unions that are over the legal limit.

Lesnick says Spano accepted more than the $2,447 primary limit from several labor groups.

According to state campaign records, Teamsters Union Local 456 donated more than $7,000 to Spano's Campaign fund. The Police Associate of Yonkers political action committee contributed the same amount, and Yonkers Firefighters Union Local 628 donated more than $4,000.

Spano, who has Democratic Party support, wasn't available for comment, but in a statement his spokesperson said, "All contributions to Mike Spano's campaign are within the law, which allows a combined total for the primary and general elections."

Primary voters go to the polls on Sept. 13, but state law allows donations for the general election, in November, to be made even before the primary is held.

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