By Rick Brand
Updated May 3, 2017 12:49 PM

Democratic Assembly candidate Christine Pellegrino said she backs Suffolk County’s lawsuit to force ex-county Conservative chairman Edward Walsh to return $444,000 in wages prosecutors say he took illegally.

Pellegrino also asked her Conservative opponent, Thomas Gargiulo, to join her in denouncing Walsh’s actions.

Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone ordered county attorneys last week to file the suit after federal prosecutors in a presentencing memo raised the amount of wages they said Walsh, an ex-corrections lieutenant, had taken illegally while he was golfing, gambling and politicking.

“I’m embarrassed to explain to my children every time another politician gets arrested for lining their own pockets with our tax dollars,” said Pellegrino, a teacher for 25 years.

“I am calling on my Conservative . . . opponent to denounce the corruption of Ed Walsh and come clean with voters as to whether he knew that Walsh was defrauding taxpayers,” Pellegrino said.

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