MASSAPEQUA - Family, friends and colleagues said goodbye today to Nassau County Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt at Saint Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church in Massapequa.

The veteran lawmaker died of a heart attack last Wednesday while in a meeting with Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano at the Legislature building.
The 62-year-old Republican was one of the original members of the county Legislature when it was formed in 1995.

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Many politicians from both sides of the aisle spoke at Schmitt’s funeral, describing his softer side.

“He was a very warm person, despite his gruff exterior. A family man number one,” said state Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre).

“I knew the other side of Peter and I knew how much we would have fun together -- his personality and his sense of humor and his love of the Yankees which we both shared,” remembered Legislator Judy Jacobs (D-Woodbury).

County Executive Ed Mangano set the special election for Schmitt’s vacant seat on Nov. 6 which coincides with the general election.