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The grilling jokes flew as Nassau CE Edward Mangano helped judge a hamburger contest at midday Wednesday. There was also a passing reference to being "in a pickle." We'll spare you the others.

The bad puns were flying because he was scheduled to present his latest budget plans at 3 p.m. to the watchdog Nassau County Interim Finance Authority.

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Mangano was one of four judges who did blind taste tests on burgers grilled by the fire departments of Mineola, Bethpage, Syosset and Wantagh at the Fire Museum in Garden City.

The winner was Wantagh’s 6th Battalion Fat Guy Burger, according to secret ballots tabulated in a backroom by people unknown.