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A weight room newly installed at the county executive and legislative building at 1550 Franklin Ave. in Garden City, and to be used primarily by police officers, is at the center of a conflict between the the new County Executive and the new legislative presiding officer, both Republicans.

Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt of Masspequa has asked for its removal; his spokesman, Ed Ward, said Wednesday that Schmitt “assumes it will be removed.”

Ward said that Schmitt’s thinking is that if the police need this gym, they should put it at the police academy or some Police Athletic League site.

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But County Executive Edward Mangano — who had been a long-time legislative colleague of Schmitt until this year — supports the weight room, with its padded floor, and said it will remain where it is, acccording to his spokesman Michael Martino. The equipment for the room was donated last year by a nearby gym.

“I don’t understand the presiding officer's objections,” said Diane Yatauro of Glen Cove, the former Democratic presiding officer and now the legislature’s Minority Leader. “He voted with us to accept the equipment and to place it in this building just in December. Now, he has changed his mind?”

Mangano was the only legislator who did not vote for the proposal because he was away working on his transition.