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The coffin of Peter Schmitt is brought into St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church for the funeral service with his family following on Monday, October 8, 2012 in Massapequa, New York.(Credit: Howard Schnapp)

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Remembering Nassau legislator Peter Schmitt

Schmitt, a Massapequa Republican who was often the point man in partisan bouts with Democrats in county government for two decades, died at 11:55 a.m. Wednesday, after "a massive heart attack" in County Executive Edward Mangano's office, officials said. He was 62.