Mangano's life: From janitor to Nassau's leader

Ed Mangano with his wife Linda and sons

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Ed Mangano with his wife Linda and sons Alex and Sal on Nov. 5, 2009 in Bethpage. (Credit: Newsday File / Howard Schnapp)

Ed Mangano was a sophomore at Bethpage High School in the late 1970s and looking for a job. The school had scores of positions posted on index cards on a bulletin board, but by the time the seniors and juniors took their shots and it was time for the sophomores, only two jobs were left - as janitors.

Mangano, then 16, took one of them, at a local printing company. It was "a horrific job,"...

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