County executive candidate Steve Bellone hopes to add to his considerable fundraising advantage tonight, when Gov. Andrew Cuomo headlines the Suffolk County Democratic Committee's annual fall gala.
The gala, to be held at the Huntington Hilton in Melville, will host roughly 500 guests at $400 per seat. The cost is slightly less, $250, for committee members.
As of mid-July — the last time Bellone and rival Angie Carpenter released their official fundraising numbers — Bellone held a six-to-one advantage in campaign funds. The Bablylon supervisor held close to $2 million, compared to the county treasurer's $314,000, though Carpenter didn't jump into the race until late March.
Carpenter's spokesman, Rick Belyea, said the campaign didn't have a firm fundraising goal.
"We don't have a figure we're throwing at people," he said on Monday.
Both candidates are due to file a campaign finance election report on Oct. 6.