The loss of a seat on the 19-member Nassau County Legislature in last month's elections will cost county Democrats more than a vote. When their caucus shrinks from nine to eight on Wednesday, the Democratic minority will also lose $266,341, which will be transferred to the new 11-member Republican majority.

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The amount includes salary and benefits for a legislator and aides.

After Republicans lost their majority in 1999, the legislature in 2000 established the funding formula, which allocates the legislative budget between Republicans and Democrats in accord with their representation. Before that, money was divvied up at the will of the presiding officer, except for each legislator's charter-established salary of $39,500 a year. -- Celeste Hadrick