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Brookhaven Republican chairman Jesse Garcia, left in photo, lashed out at Democratic Assemb. Edward Hennessey last week as “deadbeat Ed,” saying the state lawmaker has failed to pay $15,000 in property taxes on his law office building in the last three years.

“It’s disgraceful,” said Garcia, “ Ed Hennessey has spent the past year supporting unfunded mandates that drive up our property taxes while .?.?. arrogantly refusing to pay his own.”

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Hennessey acknowledged he has fallen behind, but blamed zoning issues for holding up needed bank financing. The lawmaker said he and a partner, Ron Lupski, a former town board candidate, bought a “distressed building” along William Floyd Parkway, but the bank will not provide refinancing until the town rezones the property, which now only has a variance. Hennessey said he expects the town board to act on his request within a few months so he can get a needed mortgage and pay back taxes.