NewsdayGerald McKinstry looks at the campaign’s first milestone:

Democrat Noam Bramson raised an impressive $427,000 in the last month, bringing his total to more than half a million dollars for his bid to become Westchester County executive.

Bramson’s sizable war chest is just about double what Republican County Executive Rob Astorino had during the same filing period when he was a challenger in 2009 and went on to beat three-term incumbent Andy Spano. That year Astorino had $211,000 in the early stages of his campaign.

Bramson’s success shows he can raise cash in a race that won’t be cheap. A fat piggy bank and well-financed campaign ought to go a long way with Democratic Party leaders as they figure out whom to get behind in their efforts to oust Astorino, a first-term Republican and prolific fundraiser.

In this race among Democrats, Bramson takes the lead.

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