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County critic's kids worked for parks department

Democratic Legislator Dave Denenberg, as he announces his

(Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa)

Although Nassau Legis. David Denenberg complained that a Newsday review of Nassau's 2013 part-time and seasonal parks employees payroll showed “a political-insider feeding frenzy,” records show that the Merrick Democrat's own children have worked for the parks department in past years.

County comptroller records show that Amanda Denenberg worked as a seasonal parks worker in 2007 and...

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Nassau GOP lawmaker breaks silence, supports sewer deal

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), who is runnning for a vacant State Senate seat, said on Thursday he supports Republican County Executive Edward Mangano’s plan to have a private company manage Nassau’s sewer system for 20 years, but still wants to know what his constituents think of the deal before making any decisons.

“I think it's going to provide the necessary repairs and...

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Nassau legislator clashes with rival, and his leader

Nassau Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa) and David Denenberg (D-Merrick), who are running against each other for the State Senate seat vacated by Charles Fuschillo, had their first public debate several weeks ago during a Planning Committee meeting about a bill intended to revive a dormant water resources advisory board.

Venditto, who chairs the committee, said the board was needed...

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Political moves and votes at Nassau legislature

It's been an upside-down day Monday at the Nassau Legislature, as a Republican lawmaker is voting with Democrats against raising fees, and an expelled Democratic legislator is voting with Republicans on some items.

Legis. Michael Venditto (R-Massapequa), who is running for state senate against fellow Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick), has voted against the first few of myriad fee increases...

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