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New Nassau lawmaker to quit Hempstead Town job
Nassau’s newest legislator Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) plans to quit as counsel to the Hempstead Town Board, effective last Saturday.
Venditto, 31, said Wednesday morning that he will submit his letter of resignation from his $94,300-a-year job to Senior Town Board Member Anthony Santino later in the day.
The Massapequa Republican, son of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto, was sworn in Monday as the legislator from the county’s 12 District after winning a special election Nov. 6. He replaces Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt (R-Massapequa) who died suddenly from a heart attack last month. Michael Venditto said he will be working “strictly private practice from here on out."
“Its been a crazy month,” he said, noting that he has been at the legislature from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both Monday and Tuesday this week as lawmakers debated and argued over the county budget and other spending measures.
After two long, sometimes contentious, days , he characterized the legislature as “an interesting place."
He said, “Everybody has been very welcoming across the board. It’s been good to roll up my sleeves right away and confront the issues."
Venditto promised in his campaign to bring “good Republican government” to the legislature, but he said he has an open mind and will work with both sides of the aisle on “how to confront issues and do the right thing for the people of Nassau County.”
Photo: Nassau GOP Chairman Joseph Mondello swears in Michael Venditto as a new Nassau legislator. (Nov. 19, 2012)