Primary foe blasts Breslin's campaign contributions

Martland said Breslin also lacks an understanding of what bills he sponsors actually do.

A recent fall-out from the passage of the Prior Approval bill (S. 8088/A.11369) sponsored by Breslin, which would require prior approval from the NYS Insurance Department before insurance companies raise premiums, found Breslin misstating what the law actually does.

"Last week we saw a peek behind the curtains of the Senate," said Martland. "He was caught on camera falsely claiming that the bill helps all New Yorkers, when in fact it does not."

Martland added that it is a "disgrace" that the head of the insurance committee did not know the actual contents of a bill he sponsored.

Breslin's Campaign Spokesman Dan Hornick said a string of insurance bills, including the recent Autism Insurance bill (S. 7000/A. 10372), Volunteer Firefighters and Ambulance Workers Insurance bill (S. 5111/A. 8215) and a bill ensuring adults young adults up to age of 29 remain under parents health insurance (S. 6030/ A. 9038) should speak for themselves.

"Sen. Neil Breslin has fought the insurance lobby time and time again " and beaten them time and time again on behalf of patients and consumers," Hornick said in a press release. "When it comes to insurance lobbyists versus the public, Sen. Breslin sides with the public."

In an interview, Hornick said the contributions made by the insurance industry were only a small percentage of Breslin's war chest, adding that they could have been much larger.

"The donations are on the smaller end of what they could be donating," he said. "The majority of the donations were around $1,000 to $1,500."


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